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.
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.