Marianne Faithfull Hospitalized with Broken Hip

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Singer and songwriter Marianne Faithfull was on vacation in Greece when she fell and broke her hip Friday. The extent of her injury required hospitalization and surgery on Sunday, according to a surgeon.

The British native apparently fell on the Eastern Aegean island of Rhodes.

"Mrs Faithfull fractured her hip as a result of a fall. She underwent a successful surgery. Tomorrow, we will try to help her get up and we assess she needs to stay in hospital for about a week", Alexandros Pittas, the orthopedic surgeon that operated on the singer told AFP.

The 67-year-old pop and rock singer — and ex-lover of Rolling Stones' frontman, Mick Jagger — became a star in the sixties and seventies with the first song ever written by Jagger and Keith Richards, As Tears Go By. They apparently gave it to Faithfull because in the early days, the Rolling Stones didn't perform ballads. However, after the success of the song by Faithfull, they recorded their own version.

Faithfull's five-decade career in music — as well as some film and stage acting — often took a backseat to stories of drug abuse and a difficult personal life.

She has also battled various health issues, including breast cancer, Hepatitis C and a broken back she suffered in August 2013, which forced her to cancel several shows.

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