Beatles Memorial Tree Killed By Actual Beetles
Paul McCartney (L) and Ringo Starr perform during the taping of "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles", which commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, in Los Angeles Jan. 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
In a twist of irony, the George Harrison memorial tree in Los Angeles was killed by an infestation of actual beetles The Los Angeles Times reports.
According to the report, the 10-foot pine tree that was planted in 2004 bit the dust over the weekend due to a bombardment of bark beetles.
The BBC reports the tree was planted as a sapling outside of the Griffith Observatory in memory of the Beatles songwriter, and had a plaque that read: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.”
Before the beetles slaughtered the Harrison tree, the memorial was intended to remind people that the Beatles member spent his last days in LA before dying in 2001 at the age of 58, in addition to his devotion to gardening.
The Los Angeles Times added that Harrison would probably find the cause of the tree’s death amusing because the Beatles member once said that his two biggest accomplishments in life were getting into the band and then getting out. (RELATED: Beatles Breakup Led To Paul McCartney’s Depression)
Park officials plan on replacing the dead tree, but hope future colonies of beetles will not destroy the next Beatles memorial.