Ringo has lost "a best friend"...

NOEL GALLAGHER has spoken to NME.COM on the death of GEORGE HARRISON.

The Oasis guitarist and songwriter said: &quotIt’s very, very sad. I hope he’s found what he’s spent his life searching for.” Gallagher took the name of Oasis‘ best known hit ‘Wonderwall’ from a Harrison-penned soundtrack album of 1968.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has also spoken for the first time about Harrison’s death. Speaking from Vancouver in Canada, he said simply that he had lost &quota best friend”.

Earlier, James Walsh, frontman of Starsailor, told NME.COM that he felt Harrison was &quotthe most underrated guitar player in rock.”

&quotAnd with ‘Something’, he came up with one of the greatest love songs ever written. He was the cool, quiet one in the Beatles,” he added.

The Queen, Prime Minister Tony Blair and other senior parliamentary figures are amongst the many who have also spoken today of their sadness at hearing of Harrison’s death.

He died yesterday (November 29) in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.