Sunday, April 14, 2024

UPDATED RIP 60s Rock & Roll Icon Anita Pallenberg, Mother of Three of Keith Richards’ Children


Anita Pallenberg has died in London today, age not fixed yet but I’m told 74 or 75. She was one of the great muses of the Rolling Stones, lover of Brian Jones, and mother of two children with Keith Richards. Sources tell me a lifetime of substance trouble finally caught up with her. She’d been ill for some time. “But when the time comes it’s still a shock,” says a Stones insider.

Pallenberg is the mother of Marlon Richards and Angela Richards. She and Keith were together for 12 years. A third child died at 10 months.

Marlon Richards posted an initial announcement to Facebook, which was followed by one on Instagram by Lola Schnabel, daughter of artist Julian Schnabel.

My sources say Pallenberg “passed away with her family around her.” Keith Richards is headed to London right now to join his children.

Schnabel wrote: “I have never met a woman quite like you Anita. I don’t think there is anybody in this universe like you. No one has ever understood me so well. You showed about life and myself and how to grow and become and exist with it all. 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. Thank you for the most important lessons – because they are ever changing and definitive. Like you. We are all singing for you, how you liked it. Go in peace my Roman mother, you will always be in my heart”

Bebe Buell, a long time fellow rock muse, posted on Instagram:” The most beautiful girl in the world… with one of the most special people I’ve ever known…There was none more beautiful, more unique and more inspiring! The official “sixth Stone”… I will love you forever, dearest Anita. Sleep with the special angels, Gods & Goddesses… RIP”

A source close to the Stones told me: “It’s such a shock because she was such an icon, and the first of the women from that rock generation to go.” (Actually you could say that Linda McCartney, Maureen Starkey and Cynthia Lennon preceded her.)

Here’s the formal statement:

Anita Pallenberg passed away peacefully at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester yesterday June 13th with her family by her side. She was 75 years old and had been ill for some time.


She will be cremated with a memorial service to follow at a later date. The family requests that their privacy is respected at this time.


Keith Richards said: “A most remarkable woman. Always in my heart.”


Anita Pallenberg, everyone’s favourite muse, was born April 6th, 1942. She is survived by her son Marlon Richards and daughter Angela. and grandchildren Ella, Orson, Ida, Ava and Otto.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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