George Harrison tree killed by beetles

DAN WHITCOMB
Last updated 11:38 23/07/2014
george harrison
Reuters
BEATLE: George Harrison.

Relevant offers

Celebrities

Dear North, tell the paps to go but chat with mum first Eva Longoria's Victoria Beckham wedding gown helps her top 2016 brides list After just a few months, Kylie Jenner puts one of her four LA homes on the market Director George Ogilvie on Russell Crowe: 'The crew thought he was an arrogant little pisspot' Six celebrity approved tips for a flatter stomach Nick Cannon claps back after Dane Cook slams his turban look Tales of Beedle the Bard: Book handwritten and illustrated by JK Rowling goes on auction Russell Crowe won't be charged over Azealia Banks scuffle The Block NZ and Bachelor stars Shari and Sam call it quits Before they were famous: John Key

A tree planted in memorial to late Beatles guitarist George Harrison following his death in Los Angeles in 2001 has been killed by bark beetles amid California's epic drought, a local official said on Tuesday.

The pine tree, which was dedicated with a plaque to Harrison at the head of a hiking trail in the city's Griffith Park, was among a number of trees that have succumbed to the beetles this year, City Councilman Tom LaBonge said.

"It was weakened by the drought, bark beetles just attacked it. It had a quick demise," LaBonge said. "I happen to hike every day in Griffith Park and the tree just turned a bad corner this year."

The sapling had grown to 12 feet (3.7m) in height by the time it was discovered dead in June and removed by city workers, he said, adding that Harrison's widow, Olivia, had been notified.

LaBonge said he expected to see a new tree planted in remembrance of Harrison in the fall.

Harrison, who was born in Liverpool in 1943, gained international fame as the Beatles lead guitarist, penning such songs as Here Comes the Sun, Something and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content