George Harrison Memorial Tree in L.A. Destroyed by Beetles (Seriously)

George Harrison Tree in Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Al Pavangkanan/flickr

updated 07/22/2014 AT 12:20 PM ET

originally published 07/22/2014 AT 11:30 AM ET

Beware of darkness and also tree beetles.

Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that a pine tree planted near Griffith Park’s Observatory in 2004 to honor late Beatle George Harrison has died after an infestation of – wait for it – tree beetles.

As the paper notes, “Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony.”

The Quiet Beatle was an avid fan of both comedy and plant life: He founded film production company HandMade Films just to produce Monty Python’s Life of Brian and spent much of his later years tending to the sprawling gardens of his mansion in England. (He also dedicated his autobiography, I Me Mine, to “gardeners everywhere.”)

The memorial tree had grown to over 10 feet tall as of 2013, but the infestation proved too much. LaBonge said another tree will be planted in the original’s place.

John Lennon and George Harrison in 1964

Courtesy Gunther
George Harrison tree photo by Al Pavangkanan

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