To be filed in the 'you couldn't make this sh*t up' category, a memorial tree planted in Los Angeles to honour the memory of the Beatles guitarist and songwriter George Harrison has been destroyed by an infestation actual of beetles. How so very meta.

According to reporting by the Los Angeles Times, the 10-foot-tall pine was in its tenth year of life but fell prey to an beetle infestation which, despite the best efforts of those who tended to it, ultimately ended its life.

The former Beatle spent the final years of his life living in LA and died there aged 58 in 2001. The George Harrison Tree, as it came to be known, displayed a plaque which read: "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener".

Local councilman Tom LaBonge has promised that another memorial tree will be planted in Harrison's memory and presumably more care will be taken to avoid this most ironic of infestations from happening again in future.

(via LA Times)