George Harrison died on 29 November 2001 at 1.20pm. The cause of death was listed on his Los Angeles County death certificate as “metastatic non-small cell lung cancer”. His body was wrapped in a shawl and covered with holy oils.
Twenty minutes after he passed away, staff from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery arrived to collect Harrison’s body. They briefly joined hands with Harrison’s family and friends, and prayers were said.
The body was taken in an unmarked white van to Dr Lee S Rosen, chief oncologist at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, who signed the death certificate. Harrison was cremated in a cardboard casket within 10 hours of his death.