DEATH OF LINDA MCCARTNEY

 

Paul having a hard time still 

Parade Magazine 10/31/99 says that Paul is not doing well..."judging from our observation at a 
recent gala in L.A. for People for the Ethical Treatment of animals, where Paul McCartney, 57, 
presented an award in Linda's honor to Pamela Anderson Lee. During a video showing Paul and 
Linda playing with animals, the former Beatle wept inconsolably.  Then he told the audience--including stars like Alec Baldwin and Ellen DeGeneres--about his wife's courage as an an animal activist 'in the face of all us carnivorous men' and her final days 'when we put on a brave face.'  though he said Linda would want him to get on with his life, it's clear that Paul is still struggling to put on that brave face for the world".

Paul still grieving 10/19/98

LONDON (Reuters) - Paul McCartney says he's still coming to terms with the loss of his wife, Linda, who died in April after losing her fight against breast cancer. The former Beatle tells the Daily Mail "it is the little things that really get you" -- such as the times he thinks he'll give her a call, only to be jolted back into reality. McCartney, who was married to Linda for almost 30 years, says about a week before she died, he knew she only had days to live. He says doctors urged him to tell her, but he confesses "I didn't want to tell her because I didn't think she'd want to know."

Ex-Beatle McCartney Grieves for Wife By Jill Serjeant Reuters LONDON (April 20) -
 

Grief-stricken former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was in mourning on Monday at his southern England home after the death from cancer of his American wife Linda at the age of 56. McCartney, who had spent only one night apart from Linda in their 29-year marriage, was described by friends as ''shipwrecked.'' Linda McCartney died in Santa Barbara, California, on Friday after the breast cancer diagnosed in 1995 spread to her liver last month. ''Paul is absolutely shipwrecked but his bravery is astonishing. He told me 'We will never get over it but we will have to get through it.' He is surrounded by his children,'' television writer and close friend Carla Lane told The Sun newspaper. McCartney was closeted in the farmhouse home in the southern English county of Sussex, which he shared with Linda and from which she built up a successful vegetarian food business. The couple's three grown-up children, Mary, Stella and James, were with him. His spokesman appealed for privacy, saying McCartney would not be making any statement until Thursday at the earliest. McCartney was at his wife's bedside when she died. The couple had been out horse-riding only two days beforehand. ''The blessing was that the end came quickly and she didn't suffer...Anyone who knows the family knows how close and loving they are. So this is a devastating blow to all of them and they have asked to be left in peace to grieve in private,'' McCartney's spokesman, Geoff Baker, said. McCartney has asked that instead of sending flowers, people could make a donation to cancer research or animal welfare charities -- or simply ''go veggie (vegetarian),'' his office said. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made public. Linda McCartney was a lifelong vegetarian who developed her own line of vegetarian foods. She was also a lover of animals, photography and music. Throughout their life together she photographed her husband, campaigned with him for various causes and made music with him -- from his immediate post-Beatle days to his most recent album ''Flaming Pie,'' in which they sang on some tracks together.  Tributes poured in on Monday to the woman who drove Beatles fans to tears when she married McCartney in March 1969. She was an American socialite photographer; he the singer-songwriter in the most famous pop band in the world. After the break-up of the Beatles, Linda joined McCartney's new band Wings, as a keyboard player and backing singer and braved taunts that she could neither play nor sing. Their hits included the best-selling album ''Band On The Run.'' The group's single ''Mull of Kintyre,'' recorded in 1977, is one of the world's biggest selling singles. Former Wings drummer Denny Seiwell said the pair were inseparable. ''His security was Linda...having her there all of the time was very important to him. He was let down in the whole Beatle breakup thing, he had an ill feeling from that whole period. Linda was a security blanket for him. They had great love for each other,'' he said on Monday. Linda had thought she had beaten the breast cancer, telling an interviewer only two months ago. ''I'm back.'' She told Britain's OK magazine that she and McCartney were like lovestruck teenagers. ''We're doing those little things together that you do when you're first dating -- going to the theatre or just walking hand in hand through the fields,'' she said. Linda McCartney made her first public appearance after her cancer treatment last October, when she accompanied McCartney to the London premiere of his first full-blown orchestral work, the symphonic poem ''Standing Stone.''  As soon as the performance finished, the McCartneys were off to Paris to see daughter Stella's fashion show for French design house Chloe. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was traveling in Jerusalem when the death was announced on Sunday, was one of the first to pay public tribute. He issued a statement saying he and his wife Cherie were very saddened by the news. ''Linda showed extraordinary courage throughout her illness,'' Blair said. ''She made a tremendous contribution across a whole range of British life.'' McCartney said last year that when he met his future wife ''she was just different. She was a woman. The others were girls ... I just went for her in a big way. That was it. We've never looked back.'' Reut08:42 04-20-98 Copyright 1998 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

 

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