Sir George Henry Martin, “the Fifth Beatle”, dies at the age of 90

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Producer, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician Sir George Henry Martin passed away on March 8th, 2016 at the age of 90. His death was announced by Ringo Starr on his Twitter account. The cause of death has not been announced.

George Martin was sometimes referred to as “the Fifth Beatle”.

Ringo Starr tweeted:
“God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed”.

Ringo also tweeted:
“Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love”.

Sir Paul McCartney wrote on his official website:
“I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of "the fifth Beatle" it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know”. Read Paul’s whole statement here.

Manager Adam Sharp said: “The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support. In a career that spanned seven decades, he was an inspiration to many and is recognised globally as one of music's most creative talents. He was a true gentleman to the end”.