(ANI): Sir Paul McCartney has paid tribute to his lifelong pal Neil
Aspinall dubbed the 'Fifth Beatle,' who passed away on Mar 24 after
a two-month battle with lung cancer. Macca, who jetted to New York
to be at the hospital bedside of Aspinall, paid tribute to him in a
joint statement with Ringo Starr, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and
George Harrison's widow Olivia.
"All his friends and loved ones will miss him — but will always
retain the fondest memories of a great man," The Sun quoted them,
as stating. Ringo further said that the Beatles were 'blessed' to
have him. Aspinall, who worked with Beatles for four decades, not
only acted as the group's roadie and minder, but even sang backing
vocals on Yellow Submarine and played percussion on hit album
'Magical Mystery Tour.'
In 1968 he took over Apple Corps, the company set up to manage
the Beatles' business interests and his business skills were
credited with helping to turn the band into a worldwide