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.
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.
The plant’s flowers fell off four days later.
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.