George Harrison Memorial Tree Killed By Beetle Infestation

07/22/2014 12:03 pm ET | Updated Jul 23, 2014

All you need is love -- and maybe some insecticide, if you have it handy.

A tree planted in honor of George Harrison, a former member of The Beatles, was killed by -- wait for it -- a beetle infestation.

The pine tree, planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004, three years after Harrison's death, finally succumbed to the onslaught of tree beetles and "other tree unfriendly creatures," the Los Angeles Times reports.

The paper speculates Harrison would have found humor in the irony, though he would have lamented the loss of life.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall before its beetle battle began. A plaque at the tree's base reads, "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener." It concludes with a quote from Harrison: "For the forests to be green, each tree must be green."

Harrison died at a friend's home in Los Angeles in 2001 after a battle with throat and lung cancer and a brain tumor.

Stewards of the memorial have chosen not to let it be. They will plant a new tree in the near future.

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