Keith Richards Kills Orchid With Secondhand Smoke

Guitarist smoked in New York library exec's office before giving talk; plant died days later

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Keith Richards at the New York Public Libray, October 29, 2010 in New York City.
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An executive at the New York Public Library claims that Keith Richards killed her plant by smoking near it.

The plant, an orchid, died a few days after Richards gave a talk at the library on October 29 about his recent memoir, Life.

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Marie d'Origny, deputy director of the library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, said the guitarist was in her office before his talk. Even though the building is officially smoke-free, he lit up in her office anyway.

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The plant's flowers fell off four days later.

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D'Origny stressed that Richards was "very much a gentleman" and autographed the saucer that held the plant's pot — which he'd used as an ashtray.

Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards smokes cigarette, kills library plant, during 'Life' book talk [New York Daily News]