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Keith Richards' actress ex Anita Pallenberg dies aged 73

The Italian-German star dated Rolling Stones legend Keith from 1967 to 1980 and the former couple have two children.

Keith Richards' actress ex-girlfriend Anita Pallenberg has died at the age of 73.

The Italian-German star dated Rolling Stones legend Keith from 1967 to 1980 and the former couple have two children, Marlon, 46, and Angela, 44. They also had a third child together, son Tara, but he tragically died of cot death at just 10 weeks old.

Her tragic passing was announced by close friend Stella Schnabel, daughter of American painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, on social media on Tuesday night (13Jun17).

Sharing a snap of herself and Anita, Stella 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."

Anita famously dated Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones after initially meeting the band at a concert in 1965 in Munich, Germany. They were together for two years, but split after Brian allegedly became abusive. 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 car and took her back to England. She and Keith dated from that point onwards.

As well as dating Brian and Keith, she is also said to have had a fling with Mick Jagger.

Bebe Buell, the mother of actress Liv Tyler, described Anita as the "official sixth Stone" in her touching tribute to her late friend, writing: "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."

Keith has yet to comment on Anita's passing on his social media pages.

In addition to hitting headlines with her personal life, Anita was also a successful actress, initially finding fame in 1970 thriller Performance, before going on to star in films including the iconic sci-fi classic Barbarella in 1968.

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