Anita Pallenberg dies, aged 73

Posted June 15, 2017

Pallenberg was Keith Richards" partner throughout the "70s.

The news was announced by Pallenberg's close friend Stella Schnabel, who paid tribute to the star on her Instagram account.

Pallenberg is survived by her two children with Richards, Marlon and Angela, and her five grandchildren.

Pallenberg, who died Tuesday night at the age of 73, wasn't merely Keith Richards' consort - she was a rock & roll legend in herself, a style icon, a crucial part of the Stones' mystique.

She met Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones while modelling in 1965 and left him in 1967 for Richards after Jones became unstable and violent. Some of her films include: A Degree of Murder, Candy, Dillinger is Dead, Performance, Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon, Hideous Man, Go Go Tales, Cheri, Mister Lonely, and Stones in Exile.

Pallenberg was born in Rome in 1944 and grew up dividing her time between the Italian capital, Germany and New York City, before settling in London. According to reports, it was when Keith saw Brian hitting Anita when they were on holiday in Morocco in 1967 that he stepped in, put Anita in his auto and took her back to England. The 5-foot-9 Ms. Pallenberg was the same size as Richards, who sometimes were her gender-bending outfits onstage. The Stones songs "Angie" and "You Got the Silver" were written about Pallenberg. I will love you forever, dearest Anita. She took an active role in shaping their look and sound, as the music critic Nick Kent pointed out, "Anita's influence on Keith was instant".

Pallenberg was born on April 6, 1942.

After being expelled from German boarding school aged 16, she began modelling, first in Italy and later in NY, where she spent time at Andy Warhol's Factory. The cause of death was not revealed, but the statement released Wednesday said Pallenberg "had been ill for some time" and that her family was by her side.

A major figure in Rolling Stones history has passed away.

Writing in his book Up And Down With The Rolling Stones in 2010, Richards" former assistant Tony Sanchez also described her as the woman who "almost broke up the Rolling Stones'. The first time he did acid, Brian told her, "Dress me up like Francoise Hardy". Pallenberg then went to NY where she hung out with pop artist Andy Warhol.