Paul McCartney was “absolutely thrilled” that his son, John, passed away, his family said Monday, adding he was a “loving, devoted father” to his young family.
The former Beatles guitarist and songwriter was 78.
McCartney was buried Monday in the church of St. James in Manchester, where he had been for more than a decade.
“He was such a big part of our lives,” his son told The Associated Press.
“It was a sad day for the family.”
McCartney’s death is a “tragic loss” to the Beatles, his wife, Yoko Ono, said in a statement released by her publicist.
He had recently died of lung cancer, and his family would be “shocked and deeply saddened by the news,” she said.
McCaughey was the Beatles’ biggest fan.
They were all “so lucky to have him as a father,” Ono said in the statement.
“He is the kind of man you want to spend every minute with and he is one of the best songwriters ever.”
The family said McCartney “worked tirelessly” to bring the band back to the public consciousness.
His death comes as the band is trying to recapture the zeitgeist of the ’60s and ’70s with an album of songs set in the 1960s and 1970s.
During his lifetime, McCartney made many of the most influential albums of all time, including Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Beatles classics “Love Me Do,” “Here Comes Sunshine,” “Sgt. Pepper” and “Here’s to the Weekend.”
A longtime friend of McCartney, David Bowie, told The New York Times last year that he believed the legendary singer was the reason for their longevity.
In an interview with the AP, McCartney said he never thought of the band as being about “pop,” but about “the feeling of a place and a time.”
“I was always trying to be a part of the culture,” he said.
“I wanted to be part of it.”
The Beatles broke into the American mainstream in 1964 with “Imagine,” a hit single, and in 1968 they won a Grammy for their song “Hey Jude,” a song that became a classic for the music world.
But the group went on to have a tumultuous run from 1967 to 1977, when they broke up and McCartney was diagnosed with lung cancer.
That left Lennon, who was also diagnosed with the disease, and McCartney in charge.
For more than two decades, they toured together in the late ’70 and early ’80s and had two children together.
Both men died on Saturday. ___