McCartney posted the following message on his official website:
Victor was a fine man, a great pal and a fantastic actor and someone I am proud to have known for many years. His irreverent wit and exuberant personality will remain in my memory forever. I will miss his loyal friendship as will all the others who were lucky enough to know and love the wonderful Mr Spinetti.
Ringo Starr issued a brief statement:
It was a pleasure the time we worked with Victor. He was a good man and I send my condolences to his family. Peace and love, Ringo
Tributes to Spinetti were paid yesterday from around the world. Among them was Yoko Ono, who Tweeted:
Victor, sleep well. Love, yoko x
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) June 19, 2012
Spinetti was the only non-Beatle to appear in each of the group's first three films, A Hard Day's Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour. He co-wrote and directed the stage play of John Lennon's In His Own Write, and appeared in the video for Wings' London Town.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Paul McCartney live at Firefly Music Festival, Dover, Delaware
- 2009: Beatles’ first management contract up for grabs
- 1967: Paul McCartney admits taking LSD
- 1967: Recording: All You Need Is Love
- 1964: Live: Sydney Stadium, Sydney
- 1964: UK EP release: Long Tall Sally
- 1963: Radio: Easy Beat
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1945: John Lennon’s half-sister Victoria is born
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