From Rush & Molloy
Did John Lennon cause the death of his best friend 41 years ago? Liverpudlian Stuart Sutcliffe, the original “fifth Beatle,” left the group to become an artist before they hit it big. He died of a brain hemorrhage on April 10, 1962, at the age of 21.
His sister, Pauline Sutcliffe, is now claiming Lennon caused that hemorrhage by “viciously kicking him in the head in a sustained and unprovoked attack.” Pauline, who contends that her brother and Lennon had a homosexual affair, assaulted him “in a jealous rage.”
She says a sketchbook of Stuart’s from the time – which she is offering at auction later this month – shows evidence of his mental deterioration after the alleged fight.
Alan Clayson, who co-wrote the movie “Backbeat” with Pauline Sutcliffe, dismissed her claim.
“[She and I] concluded that Stuart wasn’t beaten up by John Lennon – his condition was brought on by an overuse of amphetamines,” he told London’s Independent newspaper. Clayson said Sutcliffe was in a 1961 fight, but that Lennon helped fend off his attackers.
Sounds like someone is trying to pump up auction prices. Pitiful…