Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards can add one more item to his list of rock-star excesses: killing a library plant.
A delicate orchid at the New York Public Library’s main branch died a few days after an encounter with the bad seed, staff said Wednesday.
Marie d’Origny, deputy director of the library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, said the saucy Brit borrowed her office before he gave an Oct. 29 talk about his new book, “Life.”
Before the talk, Richards’ representative asked d’Origny to open her office’s window for him. When the library worker entered, she found the rock star sitting at her desk, grinning and buy cigarettes camel in the smoke-free building.
D’Origny said she opened the window, bringing in a gust of frigid air. Then she made small talk for a bit with Richards.
“He was not the devilish rock star. He was very much a gentleman. I hate to disappoint,” she said.
The orchid – a Phalaenopsis amabilis – apparently couldn’t withstand the smoke and the arctic blast. The tropical plant’s 12 white flowers fell off four days later.
Calls to Richards’ representative were not returned.
D’Origny did get some satisfaction out of Richards’ visit since the rocker used the clay saucer that held the plant’s pot as an ash tray (photo).
“He extinguished the cigarette in the sign of the cross and signed it, ‘Thanks, Keith Richards, 2010,'” d’Origny said.
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