File this story under stories you just can’t make up. For George Harrison, a lifelong association with a music group was the exact thing that killed his memorial tree.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a pine tree planted in memory of the former Beatles member was killed by an infestation of beetles. The tree was planted in 2004 in Griffith Park near the famous Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
There is a small plaque that commemorates the musician who also had a love of gardening throughout his adult life. His hobby became a passion once he retired on the West Coast. The plaque reads, “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.”
The managing editor of digital at the periodical, Jimmy Orr, definitely saw the humor in the paper’s headline. He tweeted to his followers on Tuesday, “Favorite headline today: ‘George Harrison Memorial Tree killed … by beetles'”
— Jimmy Orr (@JimmyOrr) July 21, 2014
The guitar player was famous for transforming the gardens into lush greenery at the rundown mansion he bought in England. The memorial tree in Los Angeles also had a healthy life before the infestation. It grew to over 10 feet tall by 2013 despite the fact that the area is known to occasionally have issues with bark and ladybug beetles.
Harrison died in 2001 at the age of 58 after a long battle with lung cancer. A new tree will be planted in his honor in the same spot, but the date has not been set by the city of Los Angeles.