The former Beatle has known Neil since he was eleven years old

Sir Paul McCartney has paid tribute to his childhood friend and Beatles‘ road manager and friend Neil Aspinall who died earlier this week (March 24).

McCartney has said in statement: “I met him at school when we were both 11 and we remained friends ever since.

“I was able to say goodbye and thank him for everything he did for us and I send my deepest sympathies to his wonderful family.

“I will miss him but will remember the laughs, there were plenty.”

Neil Aspinall, who died of lung cancer in New York aged 66, was also the Chief Exec of The Beatles’ Apple Corps for 37 years until retiring last year.

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