Keith Richards' ex-partner, actress Anita Pallenberg has died

News 14/06/2017

Anita Pallenberg, actress, model and former partner of Rolling Stones guitarists Brian Jones and Keith Richards has died aged 73.

Actress Stella Schnabel announced Pallenberg's death on Instagram. A cause of death was not given. "I have never met a woman quite like you Anita," Schnabel wrote. "I don't think there is anybody in this universe like you. No one has ever understood me so well."

Pallenberg's career was mostly centred around acting and modeling but she also worked as a designer.

Her most well known roles include a supporting role in the 1968 Jane Fonda cult classic Barbarella and Performance, a 1970 crime drama co-starring Mick Jagger.

Pallenberg first entered the Rolling Stones' universe in the mid-Sixties after sneaking into a concert in Munich, Germany. She struck up a relationship with then-guitarist Brian Jones, but eventually left Jones for Richards.

In his 2010 memoir Life, Richards said Pallenberg came to him after a string of violent incidents involving Jones.

During their relationship, Pallenberg and Richards had three children, Marlon, Angela and Tara, though he died of pneumonia at 10 weeks. Richards and Pallenberg also notably struggled with heroin addiction, and in 1977, they nearly faced significant jail time after being busted for possession just days apart in Toronto. 

Even after their relationship ended, Pallenberg and Richards remained close. In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Richards recalled, "It was tough. 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."

Rolling Stone