LONDON — Former Beatle George Harrison has returned home from the hospital after being stabbed in the chest by an intruder at his country estate late last week.
The knife attack occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 30 at Harrison’s mansion near Henley-on-Thames, west of London. Harrison’s wife, Olivia, sustained minor head injuries.
Harrison, 56, was rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, then transferred to a specialized chest unit at the Harefield Hospital in London. Doctors said Harrison had suffered a one-inch deep knife wound that, while not life-threatening, partially collapsed his right lung.
The intruder was identified as Michael Abram, a 33-year-old man from Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles. Police said they were “keeping an open mind” as to the motive for the attack.
Olivia Harrison knocked the assailant unconscious with a table lamp, sparing her husband further injuries and buying time until police arrived.
Harrison reportedly told doctors that the man “wasn’t a burglar” but that he also “wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys,” the rock group Harrison founded with Bob Dylan, the late Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.Neighbors expressed surprise that someone could have gained access to Harrison’s home, which is under continuous tight security.
Fellow ex-Beatle John Lennon was murdered by an obsessed fan in New York in 1980.