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George Harrison denies death rumors

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Jul 25, 2001 | 7:11am EDT

George Harrison and his wife issued a written statement Monday denying published reports that he was dying following cancer treatments in Switzerland, CNN said.

On Sunday, London's Daily Mail newspaper quoted former Beatles producer George Martin as saying "[Harrison] has an indomitable spirit but he knows he is going to die soon and he is willing to accept that."

The Harrison statement said the singer is disappointed and disgusted by the report, which he called unsubstantiated, untrue and totally uncalled for. Harrison also said that he is active, feeling very well, and that the story was conjured up by the National Enquirer, the Globe and the Daily Mail.

The former Beatle was recently treated for a brain tumor at a Swiss cancer clinic. He released a statement this month stating he was feeling fine and apologized for any unnecessary worry brought on by media reports about his health.

In May, Harrison underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs.

This was not Harrison's first battle with the disease.

He was treated for throat cancer after finding a lump on his neck in 1997 for which he received courses of radiation therapy at Britain's leading cancer treatment center, the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Harrison has blamed years of cigarette smoking for his illness.

Harrison, known as the quiet Beatle, was almost killed in late 1999 when a crazed fan broke into his home near London, stabbing him 10 times, puncturing one of his lungs. His wife Olivia hit the knife-wielding intruder over the head with a poker and a table lamp.

After the Beatles breakup in 1970, Harrison released a triple album, All Things Must Pass, including the hit My Sweet Lord which finally ranked him as a major solo musician.

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