Neil Aspinall, known to many as the 'fifth Beatle', has passed away in New York City.
He was 66.
Mr. Aspinall, who lived in England, was receiving treatment for lung cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center when he died.
A school friend of the Beatles' Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Aspinall was the band's first road manager and would drive them to gigs in his van. He later became their personal assistant, and in 1968 was given a management role at Apple Records — The Beatles' own record label.
The BBC reports that despite no musical training, he sang in the chorus of the classic song, Yellow Submarine.
In a joint statement the surviving band members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, proclaim:
"All his friends and loved ones will greatly miss him, but will always retain the fondest memories of a great man…As a loyal friend, confidant and chief executive, Neil's trusting stewardship and guidance has left a far-reaching legacy for generations to come."
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