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"Angel," a mournful ballad by Sarah McLachlan, reduced Paul McCartney to tears at an animal-rights awards show.

McCartney, who was host for the Saturday night event sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, returned teary-eyed to the stage after McLachlan's piano solo.

He explained that the song was brought to his attention after his wife, Linda, an active animal-welfare crusader, died of breast cancer in April 1998.

It includes the lyrics: "You're in the arms of an angel. May you find some comfort there."

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