Beatle George Harrison's memorial tree killed ... by beetles
A tree planted for the late musician George Harrison has to be replaced ... because of the beetles, and no, it has nothing to do with his former band. The pine tree was planted in 2004.
Although the exact beetle culprit hasn't been named, trees in California's Griffith Park have succumbed to bark and ladybug beetles in the past. And the media noticed the irony in what happened.
CBS anchors noted: "A little bit of irony there. It could have been termites or something."
"I know! Not beetles."
A Fox News anchor said: "Beetles ... I get it. Thank you, Elisabeth."
The Los Angeles Times says it's filing this in the "truth is stranger than fiction" department.
Former Beatle George Harrison, in his first public appearance in four years, smiles as he thanks a crowd of 20,000 for attending a benefit concert for East Pakistani refugees at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Aug. 1, 1971. (AP Photo)
British musician George Harrison gives a news conference at the United Nations in New York City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 1974. The former Beatle announced that the proceeds from his two concerts at Madison Square Garden Friday will go to UNICEF, for the benefit of the children of Africa. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
FILE - In this May 25, 1964 file photo, then Beatles George Harrison, left, and John Lennon, are seen aboard an airplane in Los Angeles before leaving for London. In 1963, Harrison visited the southern Illinois town of Benton to visit his sister Linda Harrison Caldwell. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 to be "George Harrison Day" statewide. It coincides with Benton's plans to unveil a historical marker to commemorate Harrison's 1963 visit to the 7,000-resident city. (AP Photo/File)
** FILE ** Former Beatle George Harrison smiles in this 1974 file photo at an unknown location. Harrison, actor Nigel Hawthorne and Harry Secombe, one of the stars of "The Goon Show," have been added to the "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography," Britain's definitive record of the great and the good. (AP Photo/File)
LONDON - MAY 19: Former Beatle Ringo Starr and George Harrison's wife Olivia Harrison pose for a photograph in the 'From Life to Life, A Garden For George' Garden during the Press and VIP day for Chelsea Flower Show 2008 on May 19, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Although this made the news for its irony and famous tie-in, another set of trees has also made headlines in recent years for their strange death.
The famous Toomer's Corner oak trees, the pride of Auburn University football fans, were poisoned by a rivalrous Alabama fan who later bragged about it to a local radio station. The trees died shortly thereafter.
As for Harrison's tree, a new memorial tree will be planted, although a date has not yet been set. He died in 2001 in Los Angeles when he was 58 years old.