George Harrison passed away on November 29, 2001, at the age of 58. The images of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna were beside his bed as he died amidst the chants and prayers. Harrison left £ 20 million for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Harrison wished that his earthly body be cremated and the ashes immersed in the Ganges, near the holy Indian city of Varanasi.
Harrison firmly believed that “life on Earth is but a fleeting illusion edged between lives past and future beyond physical mortal reality.” Speaking on reincarnation in 1968, he said: “You go on being reincarnated until you reach the actual Truth. Heaven and Hell are just a state of mind. We are all here to become Christ-like. The actual world is an illusion.” He also said: “The living thing that goes on, always has been, always will be. I am not really George, but I happen to be in this body.”