March 1998, the McCartneys flew to their ranch home near Tucson, Arizona. It was springtime in the desert, but not yet too hot, so they went riding together on the trails.
Around the end of the first week in April, Linda’s liver began to fail, and Paul was warned that his wife had only days left. One doctor suggested that he warn his wife that she was about to die. Paul chose not to, believing Linda wouldn’t want to know.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 15, the couple went for a desert ride. Paul put a hay bale down for Linda to use as a step as she climbed carefully into her saddle. As they rode gently along the trails, a rattlesnake crossed their path.
When the sun rose the next day, Linda stayed in bed. A gentle breeze was blowing through the house and red-tailed hawks were wheeling overhead as she slipped into a coma.
The children told their mother they loved her. When she became restless around 3am, Paul got into bed with Linda and told her she was on her Appaloosa horse, riding with him through the woods in Sussex. ‘The bluebells are all out, and the sky is clear blue,’ he said.
By the time he’d finished the story, his wife was dead.
please click open the soundtrack of the song wrote for his lovely Linda
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