Beatles associate "Magic Alex" Mardas reported dead

According to news reports, Alex "Magic Alex" Mardas, who worked as an in-house electronics wizard at the Beatles' Apple Corps during the 1960s, was found dead in his home in Athens, Greece, on Friday. He was 74.

Police reportedly found the body after relatives told authorities they hadn't seen Mardas for several days. Mardas was reported ill and natural causes are suspected, although details are still sketchy.

Mardas  worked on numerous projects while with Apple, including a planned 72-track recording studio that turned out to be a notorious failure. The Beatles had to rent equipment from EMI while recording the Let it Be album at Apple because none of Mardas' functioned as intended.

Mardas was particularly close to John Lennon. He appeared briefly in the "Magical Mystery Tour" TV film and joined the Beatles when they went to India to study Transcendental Meditation.