Celebrity Real Estate: The Studio City Home Claimed To Be The Last Resting Place for Beatles George Harrison Sold
3738 Laurel Canyon Blvd
3 Bed/3 Bath on 2,891 sqft on a total lot size of 0.71 acres built in 1941 Studio City. This home recently sold on October 10, 2012 for $1,489,000 which was $40,000 less than original list price of $1,529,000. The home was previously owned by Gavin de Becker who is a security specialist for governments, large corporations, and celebrities.
The story goes that George Harrison of The Beatles who was in his last days of fighting lung cancer hooked up with Gavin de Becker and tried to arrange a secretive funeral. Harrison did not want to die in a hospital or his mansion in the UK. So fellow Beatle Paul McCartney offered his place in Beverly Hills Post Office which he had purchased on March 16, 2001 for $3,995,000 from fellow rocker Courtney Love who purchased it from comedienne Ellen Degeneres in 1997 for roughly $3 million.
Harrison died on 29 November 2011 at McCartney's house with family nearby. To prevent McCartney's home from becoming a shrine, de Becker's firm instead used a fake address of 1971 Coldwater Canyon Drive (which would hypothetically be near to McCartney's home if there was a home listed with that address) on the death certificate (also here) as a decoy which worked for several months. Afterwards, Gloria Allred gets involved and calls shenanigans on everyone. So de Becker releases an updated death certificate with de Becker's Studio City address including a fake picture of Harrison and his wife Olivia standing in front of de Becker's mailbox. Finally the death certificate was corrected stating Paul McCartney's home which was filed on March 16, 2002.
So for a brief period of time, the de Becker home in Studio City was known as the last home of George Harrison but really wasnt as Harrison passed away at McCartney's Beverly Hills PO home.
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