Renowned fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the long-time girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment from an apparent suicide on Monday, police said.
Scott, a former model, designed slim-fitting dresses that were the favorites of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities, including Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Allison Williams, Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks and Penelope Cruz.
According to police there were no signs of forced entry and no indication of foul play; they did not find a suicide note.
Her assistant said Scott sent her a text on Monday morning to “come by” and when the assistant arrived shortly after 10 AM, Scott was found hanging from a doorknob with a scarf around her neck, prompting the assistant to call the police.
New York Police Detective Kelly Ort said, “We are investigating it as a suicide.” Police said that they had preliminary information showing that Scott was 49 but that had not yet been confirmed by her family. The New York Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, according to the New York a Police Department.
Through a spokesman, Jagger, 70, said that he was “completely shocked and devastated.”
It was not clear if Scott had shown any signs, in her work or personal life, that foretold her death, but there were some early reports that claimed cer company was millions of dollars in debt. A publicist for Jagger said that a New York Post story claiming that the pair had split up “is 100% untrue” and “a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during this very tragic time for Mick.”
Anna Wintour, the long-time editor of Vogue magazine, posted on Vogue.com, “L’Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style.”
Kidman, a friend for 25 years, was, according to a spokeswoman, “heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything.”
Madonna said, “This is a horrible and tragic loss. I’m so upset. I loved L’Wren’s work and she was always so generous with me.”
The Rolling Stones had been on tour in Australia but the band called off Wednesday night’s show on Perth following the news. There were unconfirmed reports that the band had left their hotel and were about to fly to New York. Jagger’s daughter, Georgia May, ended her participation in Melbourne Fashion Week.