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George Harrison was known for his incredible sense of humor and, if he were with us today, he would find this story absolutely hilarious. A tree planted in his memory in Los Angeles will have to be replaced because it was overrun by, of all things, real beetles. Because you can’t make this up.
The tree had been planted in 2004 in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, near the Griffith Observatory, and could have lived forever, just like Harrison’s music will. However, The Los Angeles Times reports that the three has died thanks to an insect infestation, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge said. Actual beetles - not Beatles - took down the tree.
The tree reached 10 feet tall by last year. It recognizes Harrison’s personal love of gardening and that he spent most of his later years in Los Angeles. LaBonge did not say when the tree will be replanted.
Related: Top 10 George Harrison Songs
Harrison died in 2001 and was the subject of the Martin Scorsese documentary Living in the Material World in 2012. Of course, he was a member of The Beatles, writing “Something,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with the group. As a solo artist, he scored hits with “My Sweet Lord” and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).”