Stepping into the spotlight comes with dangers of its own risks. George Harrison lived to the age of 58, passing away in 2001, but just a couple of years before, ended up repeatedly stabbed during a home invasion that could have ended his life right then. After the event, the former Beatles member joked about it. However, those close to him shared that the former Beatle was actually left forever changed by the trauma, a transformation nominally kept private, but made itself known to those attuned to Harrison. George Harrison was stabbed dozens of times A HARD DAYS NIGHT, George Harrison, 1964. On December 30, 1999, Harrison\u2019s wife Olivia heard glass breaking at around 2 a.m. As Harrison had just locked up the estate, in her fatigue, she thought a chandelier had fallen. In truth, an intruder broke into the house where Harrison lived with his wife and their son Dhani. Harrison himself wandered the house to determine the cause of the crash. RELATED: Ringo Starr Shares Bandmate George Harrison\u2019s \u201cIncredible\u201d Final Words Before His Death When Harrison tried to subdue the intruder, later revealed to be named Michael Abram, the attacker stabbed the musician multiple times after screaming at him. In total, Harrison ended up stabbed 40 times. The stabbing was bad enough that Harrison \u201ccould feel the strength draining from\u201d and knew he was dying. Forever changed, physically and emotionally Goerge Harrison remained changed for the worse after being stabbed, despite miraculously living \/ Wikimedia Commons Harrison survived when Abram stabbed him, but the event still wrought plenty of damage. Harrison would come to believe that his throat cancer, which he\u2019d been diagnosed with in 1997 and successfully beat, returned as a result of the trauma. An aide further revealed, \u201cIt changed him. We all felt that. And we were sure that\u2019s why the cancer came back. He\u2019d been looking so well, but after the attack he didn\u2019t have the strength left to fight.\u201d Peter Doggett, author of the Beatles-centric book You Never Give Me Your Money, also explained \u201cThe seriousness of the incident was deliberately underplayed by the Harrison family. He was quoted as saying of Abram, \u2018He wasn\u2019t a burglar and he certainly wasn\u2019t auditioning for The Traveling Wilburys.\u2019 But like Ronald Reagan\u2019s celebrated quips after the attempt on his life in 1981, the remark was designed to suggest that Harrison had scarcely been touched by the assault.\u201d In truth, though, his bandmates knew they could have easily lost him that night. As for Abrams, he was \u201cnot guilty on the grounds of temporary insanity\u201d and admitted into a facility.