Former Rolling Stones muse Anita Pallenberg is dead at 73, her friends and family announced Tuesday.
“I have never met a woman quite like you Anita,” Stella Schnabel wrote on social media. “You showed about life and myself and how to grow and become and exist with it all. The greatest woman I have ever known.”
A cause of death has not been announced.
Pallenberg was a model and actress who appeared in “Barbarella” and 1970’s “Performance,” which co-starred Mick Jagger. She also also a fixture in Andy Warhol’s New York art scene and appeared in Madonna’s music video for “Drowned World / Substitute for Love.”
But she may be best known for her 12-year relationship with guitarist Keith Richards. The longtime partners had three children together: Marlon, 46; Angela, 44; and Tara, who died of pneumonia at just 10 weeks old.
Rolling Stone reports Richard and Pallenberg both struggled with heroin addiction and were arrested for possession days apart in Toronto in 1977. They split three years later, but remained close.
“It was tough,” Richards told the magazine in 2010. “At the same time, there is an underlying love that goes beyond all of that other stuff. I can say, ‘I love you, I just won’t live with you.’ And we’re now proud grandparents, which we never thought we’d ever see.”
According to People, Pallenberg was born in Italy in 1944 and met the Stones backstage at a concert in Munich, Germany. She had a two-year relationship with Brian Jones before leaving him for Richards.
In later years, she earned a degree in fashion design from Central Saint Martins in London, and continued acting in the late 2000s.
“There was none more beautiful, more unique and more inspiring! The official ‘sixth Stone,'” Bebe Buell, mother of Liv Tyler, wrote on Instagram. “I will love you forever, dearest Anita.”
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