Stuart Sutcliffe: Age 21 | Cause Of Death: CEREBRAL HEMORRHAGE

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Stuart, the Life and Art of Stuart Sutcliffe
by Kay Williams, Pauline Sutcliffe

(b.23 June 1940; d.10 April 1962)

Stuart Sutcliffe was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on  June 23, 1940. At 19, Stu was regarded as one of the most talented and promising students at the Liverpool Art College, when he met fellow art student John Lennon… When Stu sold a painting in 1959 for £65, an unheard-of sum for a student’s painting in those days, John convinced him to buy a bass guitar and join the band, never mind that he couldn’t play…In Liverpool, violence was common at the shows they played at, and one night, after a show at Litherland Town Hall in the north of Liverpool, the Silver Beatles were ambushed as they made their way out into the car park to their van. In the fight, Stu went down and was kicked in the head. Later at home, still bleeding from the gash in his head, he refused to let his mother call a doctor.
While in Hamburg, Stu met Klaus Voorman, who introduced him to Astrid Kirchherr, and they quickly fell in love…While on their second Hamburg trip, Stu started to study art again, at the Hamburg State Art College, where Astrid had studied, allowing him to quit the Beatles gradually. When the tour ended and the rest of the Beatles went back to Liverpool in 1961, Stu stayed in Hamburg with Astrid. 
Stu died on April 10, 1962, from a brain hemmorrhage, following a series of violent headaches. Ironically, the Beatles were to arrive the next day to start their third Hamburg tour.
~Biographical info from the book Shout! by Philip Norman, The Love You Make, by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines, and The Beatles, The Ultimate Recording Guide by Allen J. Wiener.  

Stuart, the Life and Art of Stuart Sutcliffe by Pauline Sutcliffe