Harrison endured an ongoing battle with cancer throughout the late 1990s, having growths removed first from his throat, then his lung. He received his first cancer diagnosis in August 1997.
Harrison’s cancer recurred in 2001 and was found to have metastasized. Despite very aggressive treatment, it was soon found to be terminal. He set about getting his affairs in order and spent his final months with his family and close friends. He also worked on songs for an album with his son Dhani, which was released posthumously.
Harrison died in a Hollywood Hills mansion that was once leased by Paul McCartney and was previously owned by Courtney Love.
During an interview on the Larry King show on CNN during 2007, Paul McCartney described how he had visited Harrison a few weeks before his death and demonstrated how he had sat silently next to Harrison while stroking Harrison’s hand to comfort him.
Harrison died on November 29, 2001. Harrison’s death was listed on his Los Angeles County death certificate as “metastatic non-small cell lung cancer”. It was rumored that the lung cancer had metastasized to the brain. He was cremated and, although it was widely reported that his ashes were scattered in the Ganges River, the ceremony was not conducted at the expected time. The actual disposition of the ashes has not been publicly disclosed.
After his death, the Harrison family released the following statement: “He left this world as he lived in it: conscious of God, fearless of death and at peace, surrounded by family and friends.” Harrison had often said, “Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait.”
Harrison and Aaliyah made UK chart history when they scored the first (and so far the only) pair of back-to-back posthumous number one hits as Aaliyah’s “More than a Woman” (released on January 7, 2002 and topped the chart on January 13, 2002) was followed by Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” (re-released on January 14, 2002 and topped the chart on January 20, 2002).
Harrison’s final album, Brainwashed, was completed by Dhani Harrison and Jeff Lynne and released on November 18, 2002. It received generally positive reviews in the United States, and peaked at #18 on the Billboard charts. A media-only single, “Stuck Inside a Cloud”, was heavily played on UK and U.S. radio to promote the album (#27 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart), while the official single “Any Road”, released in May 2003, reached #37 on the British chart. The instrumental track, “Marwa Blues” went on to receive the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, while the single “Any Road” was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. – adapted from Wikipedia