George Harrison: Beatles Memorial Tree Killed By Actual Beetles

Wed, July 23, 2014 8:15am EDT by Add first Comment
George Harrison Memorial Tree
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A pine tree planted to commemorate the late George Harrison of The Beatles has died from an infestation by actual beetles. Really!

Today, in news more strange and wonderful than anything we could make up, a pine tree planted to commemorate George Harrison of The Beatles has died following a beetle infestation. No, really! Actual beetles. All the strange details below!

George Harrison Memorial Tree: The Beatles Commemoration Dead Following A Beetle Infestation

The George Harrison memorial tree was planted in 2004 near the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Calif. to memorialize the legacy of the singer-songwriter who passed away in 2001 at the age of 58 following a bout with lung cancer.

The tree — which was planted as a sapling — had grown to 10 feet tall by 2013. However, the beetle infestation was just too much for the pine, as Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge explained to the Los Angeles Times.

Other trees in Griffith Park have experienced similar fates, being felled by other tree-hating bugs like bark beetles and ladybug beetles, according to the LA Times — it might be time to call an exterminator!

George Harrison Memorial Tree To Be Replanted Soon

However, while the tree may have died, the memorial plaque which lay at the base of the tree remains. Furthermore, the tree will be replanted soon. We’re sure that George, who spent his last days in LA and was an avid gardener, would appreciate the gesture.

The plaque reads: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” It also includes a quote from the Yogi Maharishi Mahesh (George died as a Hindu practitioner): “For the forest to be green, each tree must be green”

What do you think of this crazy ironic news, HollywoodLifers? Funny, or a terrifying omen? Or, considering the subject matter, not really a laughing matter? Let us know!

– Amanda Michelle Steiner

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