Jagger's girlfriend is found dead
CELEBRATED fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, police said.
Scott, a former model whose slim-fitting dresses were favourites among Hollywood's A-list stars such as Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Penelope Cruz, was found hanging from a scarf.
Following her death, the Rolling Stones, who performed last weekend in Singapore, cancelled a concert scheduled for today in Perth.
Friends expressed shock, but reports also said the statuesque designer, 49, had shown signs of depression and was in debt.
Accounts filed last October with Companies House, the agency which keeps records of UK businesses, show that Scott's British company, LS Fashion Ltd, ran a loss of £3.5 million (S$7.3 million) in 2012, up from £2.5 million the year before. The documents also showed that the firm owed creditors millions of pounds.
Jagger, 70, said through a spokesman that he was "completely shocked and devastated". Scott's family issued a statement asking for privacy.
The glamorous pair had been dating since 2001 and were often seen at celebrity events, with the 1.9m-tall, raven-haired Scott towering over her rock-star boyfriend.
Kidman, a friend of 25 years, was "heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything", her spokesman said.
Scott became one of New York's most famous designers over the last decade, with a sensibility that catered to women's desire to feel powerful and sleek.
"L'Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvellous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style," wrote Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.
A publicist for Jagger said a New York Post story about a split between the two "is 100 per cent untrue" and "a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during this very tragic time for Mick".
British tabloids such as the Daily Mail and The Mirror said that despite living the high life, Scott's fashion business was millions of dollars in debt.
She had refused financial help from the Rolling Stones frontman, The Mirror said.
Musician and fashion friends of the couple took to Twitter to express their grief.
"Devastated to have lost my friend," tweeted rocker Bryan Adams, who has photographed Scott. "Rest in peace my dear I'm gonna miss you. Condolences to all that were close to her."
Jagger's first wife, Bianca, said she was "heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L'Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family".
American fashion designer Marc Jacobs said: "You'll forever be missed."