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Anita Pallenberg, longtime partner of Keith Richards, dead at 73

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty ImageFormer model and actress Anita Pallenberg -- who played a crucial role in the history of The Rolling Stones as Brian Jones' girlfriend and later Keith Richards'  -- has died at 73.  Her death was revealed in an Instagram post by Stella Schnabel, daughter of painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel.

"I was a little girl thinking I was big but I became a woman through knowing you. The secret lyrical you. My best friend. . The greatest woman I have ever known," Schnabel wrote. "Go in peace my Roman mother, you will always be in my heart."

In a 2008 interview with The Guardian, Pallenberg explained that she got involved with Jones after a Stones concert in Munich in 1965 and stayed with him for two years as his behavior became increasingly abusive.  During a vacation in Morocco in 1967, Richards intervened between the two and Pallenberg became involved with Richards.

Richards and Pallenberg had three children: Marlon, born in 1969; Angela -- who had originally been named Dandelion -- in 1972; and Tara Jo Jo Gunne who died at 10-weeks old.

In 1979, Pallenberg was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old part-time groundskeeper at the Westchester County, New York house she and Richards shared but the death was ruled a suicide.

Richards and Pallenberg split in 1980.  Pallenberg told The Guardian in 2008 that it was "lawyers" who forced the split, calling her a bad influence on Richards, although Pallenberg entered rehab in 1987

Pallenberg's film work included appearances in Barbarella in 1968, and Performance in 1970, which starred Mick Jagger.

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