07/20/2013 11:37 EDT | Updated 09/19/2013 05:12 EDT

'The Maple Leaf Forever' Tree Felled By Storm

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library
TORONTO - A tree said to have inspired the song The Maple Leaf Forever was a victim of severe weather that hit southern Ontario.

The aged silver maple near downtown Toronto was among the many trees that came down as fierce winds moved through the region Friday night.

The tree stood in front of a house in the city's Leslieville area.

A plaque in front of the house says the tree's falling leaves inspired Alexander Muir, the one-time principal of nearby Leslieville public school, to write The Maple Leaf Forever.

Muir wrote the song in 1867, the year of Confederation.

He died in 1906. (AM640, The Canadian Press)

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