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Beatle George Harrison's memorial tree killed ... by beetles

Beatle George Harrison's Memorial Tree Ironically 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.

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.
Memorial For Beatle George Harrison Destroyed By... Beetles

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jeff July 22 2014 at 6:04 PM

Likely a female Japanese beetle.

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jacob_mcwilliams jeff July 22 2014 at 8:28 PM

A very dry sense of humor there jeff.

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The Canoli King jeff July 22 2014 at 10:14 PM

Yeah,Yeah ,Yeah...Yoko OH-NO......

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cgssnavickas July 22 2014 at 5:11 PM

Knowing the type of dry humor George had, he would've gotten a kick out of it.

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lionview July 22 2014 at 5:55 PM

Isn't it a pity?

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flagwaver2 July 22 2014 at 4:38 PM

George has a sense of humor.

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redletter2008 July 22 2014 at 6:22 PM

Fortunately, George's music will outlive any tree in LA. All things must pass.

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sknkodiak July 22 2014 at 11:38 PM

did anybody see Eric Clapton around that tree recently?

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hugebrain55 July 22 2014 at 5:14 PM

George was just a good guy...

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fred July 22 2014 at 7:11 PM

Should have used Keith Richard's doctor- that's who I want!!

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LL July 22 2014 at 5:50 PM

"You Shall Know Them By Their Fruit - for a tree that is well rooted will produce good fruit, but one that is planted on ROCK-Y soil shall be uprooted and thrown into the fire, for it cannot bear good fruit"

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victortrail July 22 2014 at 8:29 PM

He seemed like a great guy and I miss him ("the quiet one"). After the break up, he released that huge "pent up" multi album compilation of creativity. Anyone who has never listened to "All Thing Must Pass" should take the time.

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