64 years old and the last few years developed a fungus - thats what killed it several years ago. Now for us it will be wonderful ash fireplace logs. We hate to take trees down but this one was ready to be useful. The top half was rotted away so I am glad hubbie took it down now. We have a Pileated Woodpecker that comes around every Feb for the spring/summer and he has plenty of other stumps to peck-a-upon.