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McCartney Was Cremated Last Week

April 21, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ Linda McCartney was cremated in California before her death was announced and before her husband, former Beatle Paul McCartney, and their children returned to Britain.

Mrs. McCartney, 56, died of breast cancer Friday while visiting Santa Barbara, Calif., with her husband and children. She was cremated there Friday or Saturday, said McCartney’s spokesman, Geoff Baker.

Her death was made public Sunday.

The Sun, a British tabloid, reported today that her ashes have been scattered on the family farm at Peasmarsh, 50 miles southeast of London.

It quoted an unidentified McCartney friend as saying it was ``a quiet family occasion. ... It was very moving _ exactly what Linda would have wanted.″

McCartney is expected to make his own statement later in the week.

Many paid tribute to Mrs. McCartney as a talented photographer, vegetarianism pioneer and savvy businesswoman.

``We were privileged to have known her _ her positive courage through her illness was truly inspiring,″ former Beatle Ringo Starr said Monday.

``Everyone is diminished by her passing,″ said Beatles producer George Martin. ``Paul has to bear the grief of not only losing his love and the linchpin of his family but also the best friend he ever had.″

Songs that she recorded shortly before her death might be released as part of an album tribute to her life, Baker said.

``Paul is determined that it will go on as planned,″ he said.

A cookbook, ``Linda McCartney on Tour,″ is to be published as planned and an exhibit of her photographs is to be staged in New York, probably later this year.

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