A pine tree planted in honor of a former member of “The Beatles,” George Harrison, has been destroyed after it was infected by beetles, media reports said Tuesday.
The tree, which was reportedly planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004 near Griffith Observatory, had grown to more than 10 feet in height as of 2013. According to the Los Angeles Times, trees in the park have often been targeted by beetles and other “tree-unfriendly creatures.”
Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge reportedly said that the tree will be replanted sometime in fall, but the exact date was not revealed.
Although the tree is dead, the commemoration plaque with the title “The George Harrison Tree” still remains.
“In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener,” the message reportedly reads.
It concludes with a quote from Harrison: "For the forests to be green, each tree must be green."
Harrison died in 2001 at the age of 58 from lung cancer and spent his last days in Los Angeles. His final album, “Brainwashed,” was released posthumously in 2002.