Today Brian Epstein emerged from seclusion — he had been recuperating from an overdose of prescription drugs on September 26 — to deny that The Beatles were splitting up.

At this point it had scarcely been a month since their last live show, but that was apparently enough to convince a Beatles-crazed populace that the end of the world was nigh. It’s not clear from my research a) exactly what Epstein said or b) if there was a specific incident that caused him to think a public statement was necessary. Maybe he just hallucinated it. In any case, history has borne him out; The Beatles still had a few years left, longer than Epstein himself.

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