Split Tree

Does anyone have any idea what would have caused this tree in my back yard to split. One photo shows the overall tree and the other one has an enlarged section to show its split more clearly.

In any event, I was afraid it would fall on my house so it is in the process of being removed now.

Uneducated guess.
It was dying and the weight of one side eventually made it go.

crparrothead - That makes a lot of sense. Yesterday this landscape/tree company did work on my property that I had scheduled from last month and while I was walking around the property while they were here, I noticed that split tree and pointed it out to them. Even though they are very busy, they said they would come back again today to remove that tree because they were concerned it could fall on my house and gave it priority over the routine jobs they have scheduled.

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