George Harrison's music, compassion helped open hearts of a generation: Annan

George Harrison's music, compassion helped open hearts of a generation: Annan

Expressing deep sadness at the death of George Harrison, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has paid tribute to the late rock star as a sensitive musician whose art brought joy to millions around the world, and as a person whose compassion and "sense of our common humanity" helped to open the hearts and minds of an entire generation.

Expressing deep sadness at the death of George Harrison, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has paid tribute to the late rock star as a sensitive musician whose art brought joy to millions around the world, and as a person whose compassion and "sense of our common humanity" helped to open the hearts and minds of an entire generation.

"George Harrison was one of the first to understand and use the power of rock music, and of advocacy by celebrities, to motivate people to embrace causes bigger than themselves," a spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement issued over the weekend.

The statement emphasized that Mr. Harrison's work to raise awareness and funds for the people of Bangladesh would be remembered, not only for the millions of lives it helped to heal, but also because it paved the way for countless later initiatives by other musicians.

"The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Harrison, and joins millions of other fans in giving thanks for his life," Mr. Annan's spokesman said.