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Former 'Beatles' member George Harrison memorial tree killed by ... beetles

392279 03: (FILE PHOTO) The Beatles, left to right, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon arrive at London Airport February 6, 1964, after a trip to Paris. (Photo by Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Former 'Beatles' member George Harrison memorial tree killed by ... beetles

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 22, 2014

The pine tree that was planted in 2004 in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in memory of George Harrison of the Beatles has died. The tree was reportedly killed by ... beetles.

Yes, you read that correctly.

A gardener himself later in life, "except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony," reports the Los Angeles Times. "He once said his biggest break in life was getting into the Beatles; his second biggest was getting out."

"The memorial tree in Griffith Park had grown to more than 10 feet tall as of 2013, but [Los Angeles Councilman Tom] LaBonge said the tree beetle onslaught was too much for the tree," further reports the Los Angeles Times. "Trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been the victims of bark beetles and ladybug beetles, among other tree-unfriendly creatures."

The tree was marked in the observatory by a small plaque devoted to the former Beatles guitarist, who died in 2001. Areplanting date for a new tree remains unconfirmed, but expected.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.