Paul McCartney mourns a tragic family loss

While you’re aware of the fact that Paul McCartney is an entertainment industry icon who’s both successful and super rich, there are a few things you might not know about him. This includes the fact that he has endured a fair number of tragedies over the years. For example, his mother, Mary, died of cancer when he was 14, according to People.

It’s a loss that may have found its way into McCartney’s songwriting without the star even realizing it at the time. Discussing his famous hit song ‘Yesterday’ in his book, ‘Lyrics: 1956 to the Present,’ he said (via People), “Every time I get to the line, I’m not half the size I used to be, ‘I remember.’ me that I had lost my mother about eight years earlier… It was so strange that the loss of our mother to cancer just wasn’t discussed. He continued to ponder the deeper meaning of the song. “We hardly knew what cancer was, but I’m not surprised now that the whole experience turned up in this song where sweetness competes with a pain that can’t be accurately described,” he added.

Then, in May 1967, McCartney met Linda Eastman in a London nightclub and, according to The Guardian, admitted he was immediately attracted to her. The couple married two years later and stayed together until she died of cancer in 1998 at the age of 56. Now McCartney is mourning another tragic family loss to cancer, which just so happens to be linked to his late wife.

Paul McCartney posted a message following the death of his brother-in-law

When Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman in the 1960s, the musician also gained a brother-in-law in John Eastman. In addition to becoming a member of McCartney’s extended family, John also served as the star’s attorney for many years, according to Page Six. The two men remained close even after Linda’s death, which is why McCartney shared a touching message on social media on Aug. 11 after John died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 83.

“John was a great man. One of the kindest, brightest people I’ve been fortunate enough to have known in my life,” McCartney wrote on Instagram while apparently posting a photo of himself and his now-deceased brother-in-law having fun together while performing yoga poses. The star added: “There is so much more to say about his incredible qualities but words can’t describe his passion for life and our affection for this amazing man. He will be sorely missed but always cherished.” Hearts of those of us who knew and loved him.”

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“I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts go out to the entire Eastman/McCartney family,” one of the singer’s followers wrote in response to the Instagram post, echoing what so many others have said in the comments. Another person wrote, “Paul this is such a wonderful tribute to a lifelong friend and family – a true and trusted friend.”