George Harrison stabbing 24th anniversary, Dec. 30, 1999

Today in Rock Music History…

George Harrison is saved from stabbing by his wife Olivia

George Harrison was the quite spiritual Beatle. Who knew that this guy would have someone breaking into his house? On Dec. 30, 1999, a man broke into his house, stabbing him, nearly killing the Beatles member

The suspect was a native Liverpool citizen named Michael Abram, who was 33 years old. He broke into Harrison’s house in Friar Park at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire at 3:30 am. In order to enter the mansion, he threw a statue through one of the windows, which woke up both George and Olivia.

George confronted the man, who had a knife in his hand. When the 56 year old musician ran at him to try and tackle him to disarm him, the man stabbed him in the chest. Meanwile, Olivia hit the suspect with a lamp, causing him to drop the knife. He then tried gogin after her, trying to strangle her with the lamp cord. But she escaped.

After 15 minutes, police arrived and arrested Abram. Harrison was taken to a nearby hospital after paramedics had stopped the bleeding. He was treated for a punctured lung. And according to one doctor, the stab wounds were near all major arteries and if they hit, it would be fatal. It was said that the attack was similar to Mark David Chapman’s murder of John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980.

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