The pair were friends since meeting at school aged 11

Paul McCartney has paid tribute to The Beatles‘ roadie, confidante and ‘fixer’, Neil Aspinall, who died earlier this week (March 24).

In a statement, McCartney emphasised the fun he and Aspinall had throughout their long association.

The former Beatle said: “I met him at school when we were both 11 and we remained friends ever since.

“I was able to say goodbye and thank him for everything he did for us and I send my deepest sympathies to his wonderful family.

“I will miss him but will remember the laughs, there were plenty.”

Aspinall, who died of lung cancer in New York City, was the head of The BeatlesApple Corps until last year.

As previously reported, Yoko Ono Lennon has also paid tribute to one of The Beatles‘ closest confidantes.