The Moment George Harrison Was Attacked At Knifepoint
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Being a renowned figure in the music industry, e.g., a Beatles member, Geroge Harrison had as many cons going for him just much as the benefits were. He reflected on this in the Beatles’ 1995 Anthology documentary, saying, “They used us as an excuse to go mad, the world did, and then blamed it on us.”
As if John Lennon’s murder wasn’t fazing enough, a threat to the life of another Beatle was certainly not impossible in the near future. Surely enough, on December 20, 1999, death came too close for comfort with Harrison when an intruder broke into his Friar Park Estate at about 3 AM by scaling the estate’s walls, dodging security, and breaking a window using the wing of a St. Michael statue Harrison’s wife had made.
Harrison tried to confront the intruder and charged him head-on, only to fail in disarming the culprit and suffered multiple stab wounds as a result. His wife Olivia tried to help and struck the suspect, a 33-year-old Liverpudlian named Michael Abram, with a poker. “I hit the guy several times, and I could see the blood spreading down his blonde hair, and then he got up, and he chased me. He had me around the neck and George got up and jumped on his back. And poor George, you know, he said later: ‘Just when he got off of me, I was thinking, ‘Oh good, now I have to go fight him,’” she recalled.
He still managed to stifle a laugh from the questioning officers when they came to ask about the details of the incident, despite being too close to being fatally injured. He said that the suspect “wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.”
Luckily, he only suffered from a punctured lung at the time. After the investigation concluded, it was found out that the attack was planned, as the suspect “believed that the Beatles were witches who flew around on broomsticks. Subsequently, George Harrison possessed him and that he had been sent on a mission by God to kill him. He saw George as a sorcerer and a devil.”
Dhani, George’s son, talked about how Harrison’s devotion to Buddhist practices helped him survive the ordeal despite dealing with lung cancer as well. “He was very, very badly attacked, and by the time he died, he didn’t even have a single scar on him. He was like a yogi, he moved on from that, physically and mentally, and didn’t let it affect him. But if definitely took years off of his life, you know. If you’re trying to fight cancer and then you’re trying to stay alive from something like that, it’s gotta take it out of you,” said Dhani.