The Beatles Photographer Astrid Kirchherr Passed Away at 81

Mourning the death of Astrid is George Harrison's widow, Olivia, who describes the late artist as 'the sweetest woman, so thoughtful and kind and talented, with an eye to capture a soul.'

AceShowbiz - Famed The Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr has died, aged 81.

Kirchherr was known for taking the first ever snap of the then-quintet in her native Hamburg, Germany in the early 1960s, when the group was still unknown.

She became a constant companion of original members Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe, to whom she became engaged, prior to the bassist's death from a brain haemorrhage in 1962.

Her relationship with the band was chronicled in the 1994 film "Backbeat", starring "Twin Peaks" actress Sheryl Lee as the photographer.

Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn shared the news of the artist's passing on Twitter on Friday (May 15), writing, "Danke schon (thank you), Astrid Kirchherr. Intelligent, inspirational, innovative, daring, artistic, awake, aware, beautiful, smart, loving and uplifting friend to many."

"Her gift to the Beatles was immeasurable. She died in Hamburg on Wednesday, a few days before turning 82. RIP."

Mark Lewisohn's Tribute Post

Mark Lewisoh Mourned Death of Astrid Kirchherr

A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Harrison's widow, Olivia, paid tribute to Kirchherr on Twitter, posting, "Astrid is and was the sweetest woman, so thoughtful and kind and talented, with an eye to capture a soul."

"Our family loved her and none more than George. I am truly saddened but honoured to have known her."

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