Although Ringo wanted to be by his friend’s side at his death, he was struck with another tragedy in his life.
Ringo’s daughter, Lee Starkey, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at a similar time.
Because of this, Ringo needed to fly to America to see her.
Ringo continued: “And while he was being ill and I had come to see him, I was going to Boston ‘cos my daughter had a brain tumour.
“I said, ‘I got to go to Boston’ and he goes…”