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.