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Paul McCartney survived depression because of his wife

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Sep 02, 2013 | 5:03am EDT

The Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney was saved from a nervous breakdown by his wife Linda. In a new biography by music journalist Tom Doyle, the star explains he was left in a state of despair and turned to alcohol and drugs following the disintegration of the Fab Four. He tells Doyle, "It was Linda who saved me and it was all done in a sort of domestic setting." According to the biography, the 71 year old suffered anxiety and began drinking heavily and smoking more marijuana after John Lennon told his Beatles bandmates he was leaving the group in 1969. Doyle writes, "For the first time in his life, he felt utterly worthless... This was an identity crisis in extremis... When he did get out of bed, he would reach straight for the whisky, and by three in the afternoon, was usually out of it." The star eventually recovered from his depression with the help of his then-wife Linda.

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