Jul 26, 2016 1:08 PM

Iconic oak tree from 'The Shawshank Redemption' falls 5 years after it was struck by lightning


MANSFIELD, Ohio — The iconic oak tree from "The Shawshank Redemption" located in Mansfield, Ohio fell on Friday, July 22.

The tree was struck by lightning in July 2011, splitting it in two.

Fans of the movie have traveled from around the globe to visit the tree.

“While we’re saddened by the loss of this beloved oak tree, we nevertheless invite Shawshank fans to our community to immerse themselves in the movie and through the filming sites," Lee Tasseff, President of the Convention and Visitors Bureau stated in a release. "One of the most significant locations remains the historic Ohio State Reformatory, which is open for tours, allowing visitors to stand in the very spots where Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins and other stars of the film shot their memorable scenes."

Despite its condition, Tasseff stated that visitors are still welcome to visit the tree.

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