Paul McCartney's Heart-Wrenching Quotes about Late Wife Linda — He Cried for a Year after Her Death

Legendary Sir Paul McCartney has kept his late wife Linda McCartney in his heart more than a decade after her passing and even went as far as fulfilling her wishes.

Paul McCartney’s heart-wrenching quotes about late wife Linda McCartney include a confession that he cried for a year after her death. The American photographer died of cancer in April 1998 at age 56.

Linda died while on vacation in Santa Barbara with her husband and their three children. At the time, her publicist Geoff Baker made the announcement and said it was a "blessing that the end came quickly, and she didn’t suffer.”

Linda McCartney (1941 - 1998) and husband Paul McCartney beaming in a photo captured in 1973 | Photo: Getty Images

Linda McCartney (1941 - 1998) and husband Paul McCartney beaming in a photo captured in 1973 | Photo: Getty Images

LINDA'S DEATH

The statement released by Baker revealed two days before the musician’s death, she had been horseback riding which was one of her passions.

Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn said Linda and Paul “comprised one of the great improbable, love stories in rock ‘n’ roll.”

The pair announced in December 1995 that Linda, an animal rights activist, was being treated for breast cancer. At first, the treatment appeared to be working well, but doctors discovered that it had spread to her liver in March that year.

After her death, songwriter Paul urged people who wanted to send flowers in his wife's memory to donate to charities involved in cancer research and animal welfare.

Since Linda’s passing, Paul, now 79 years old, has opened up about her death and how the loss affected him. The couple had been married for nearly 30 years before she passed.

The lovebirds were inseparable throughout their marriage, so much so that they only spent ten nights apart before she passed away. 

HOW THEY MET

When the pair first met, Linda worked as a photographer and was on an assignment in London. It was in May 1967 when they met at a music club called Bag O’Nails. He was a regular there, and she had been invited over by her friends.

Paul later shared he had been attracted to Linda because of her smile and that she made him anxious. They instantly developed a connection but spent a year without seeing one another again and pursued other love interests.

However, they reunited in New York in May 1968 and remained together from there. The pair ended up walking down the aisle the following year in March.

THE GRIEVING PROCESS

In July 2019, speaking ahead of an exhibition of Linda’s work in Glasgow, the Beatles star shared “he cried for about a year on and off.” “You expect to see them walk in, this person you love, because you are so used to them, he said.

"I cried a lot. It was almost embarrassing, except it seemed the only thing to do." The musician added before her death; they got together in Britain. He said the good thing about their reunion was that they wanted to be free. "We did what we wanted, and she took pictures of it all,” he said.

In September 2018, Paul shared how he once took a drug so potent that it left him “nailed to the sofa.” He said the intense drug session led to him seeing a vision of God – and later Linda reincarnated as a squirrel.

He explained: “I saw God, this amazingly huge, towering thing, and I was humbled.” He described the vision as a massive wall that he could not see the top of and was at the bottom.

SPEAKING TO LINDA

He once again talked about his spouse back in 2006 and revealed he talks to her and asked her what she thought of his new romance with model Heather Mills.

Paul said Mills is a good woman and had to talk to Linda about her. “You know…What am I doing, babe? How do you feel about this?” he told the Mirror.

REMEMBERING LINDA

Back in June 2011, Paul praised Linda and said she was a good photographer, recalling how he used to ask her when they would ever take a look at the photos she took.

He shared that she used to take family portraits, and they would decide on a day out of the year to look through the photos, and her photo project was part of the quality time spent. 

In July 1997, he revealed they both had a great sense of humor and were honest with each other, “we spent a lot of time together,” he said.

COPING MECHANISM

After Linda's death and being told to immerse himself in work, Paul ended doing "Run Devil Run," the rock and roll album, because Linda had asked him to do it.

That was his coping mechanism, "Anything that was Linda-related I could just about cope with," he shared. Paul said she was his only love.

PAUL'S OTHER MARRIAGES

Although a part of him died after losing Linda, with whom he shared kids, Stella, Heather, and James, Paul found love again. He married Mills in 2002, and the couple welcomed their only child Beatrice McCartney a year later.

They divorced in 2008 after separating in 2006. Paul and Mills' separation gained a great deal of public attention, as was their divorce proceedings.

They settled for a $33.5 million divorce settlement. Paul then went to marry his third wife, Nancy Shevell, in 2011. The pair do not have children.

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