George Harrison memorial tree killed by infestation of beetles

The pine in Los Angeles has died but a new tree will be planted

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A tree planted in memory of George Harrison has died after being infested by beetles.

The pine in Los Angeles' Griffith Park was planted in 2004 as a tribute to the late guitar player in The Beatles, who passed away in 2001 in the city. A plaque on the tree read: "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener." It also featured a quote from Harrison: "For the forests to be green, each tree must be green."

The LA Times says that Councilman Tom LaBonge has promised that a new tree will be planted to honour Harrison.

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Meanwhile, Ron Howard is to direct new documentary about The Beatles' early years. The film will be produced for The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd company with White Horse Pictures and will be made with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

It will focus on the formative touring days of the band, from shows at Liverpool's Cavern Club and their time in Hamburg, up until their final gig – in Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966.

The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night was recently re-released in cinemas on its 50th anniversary. The 1964 film, which follows a day in the life of the band with Beatlemania in full swing, was fully restored and there was a limited-edition DVD and Blu-ray release earlier this week.

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