L'Wren Scott, who left her small-town Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.
Scott was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on Monday morning; no note was found and there was no sign of foul play, police said. The designer had texted her assistant 90 minutes earlier and asked her to come to her apartment but didn't say why. She was found kneeling with a scarf wrapped around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door, police said.
Her spokesperson requested privacy for her family and friends. Just last month Scott, who was believed to be 49 but had not disclosed her precise age, canceled her London Fashion Week show, due to reported production delays.The rumours
Reports said the fashion designer was massively in debt and owed nearly $6 million to creditors. Sources have revealed that she was in a lot of financial trouble and was unable to pay her staff and her suppliers, the Mirror reported.
Insiders added that her problems had been going on for a very long period of time. Accounts for Scott's business LS Fashion LTD has showed that it had a deficit of $5,899,548 and the designer owed creditors $7.641 dollars.
Meanwhile, rumours said Scott and Jagger had reportedly split before the fashion designer's apparent suicide.
A law enforcement source described the 49-year-old fashion designer as Jagger's "former" girlfriend and it has also been revealed that Scott had told a pal from her native Utah that the musician had dumped her, the New York Post reported.
Sources have also claimed that Scott planned on going for apartment hunting when Jagger returned from his tour.
However, The Rolling Stone frontman's rep insisted that the couple, who began dating in 2001, were "absolutely" still together when she died and the reports about their split are 100% untrue.Jagger cancels performance
Jagger's representative said the singer was "completely shocked and devastated by the news" of her death. The Rolling Stones on Tuesday also cancelled the first gig of their Australian tour after the news came in.
Promoter Frontier Touring suggested that the Perth gig would be rescheduled.
"No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available," it said in a brief statement, without mentioning the rest of the tour.
Celebrated fashion designer L'Wren Scott with Mick Jagger. (AFP Photo)
The band arrived in Perth on their private plane on Monday for the sold-out 14 On Fire series of dates, which takes them across Australia and to New Zealand until April 5.
Unconfirmed reports said Jagger, 70, had flown back to New York.
L'Wren Scott's bio
In 2006, five years after they became a couple, Scott founded her eponymous label, with an initial collection based on the "Little Black Dress." She became known for designs that had a vintage feel and bared little skin, like her famous "headmistress" dress - prim, with three-quarter sleeves, but also close-fitting and stylish.
Madonna was one of those who wore the dress. "This is a horrible and tragic loss," the singer said in a statement released by her publicist. "I'm so upset. I loved L'Wren's work and she was always so generous with me."
Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, called Scott "a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style. In person, L'Wren was always unbelievably generous, gracious, kind, and so much fun. Her old world American manners and charm were from another time, but her sensibility was always fiercely modern."
And supermodel Naomi Campbell, a close friend, wrote on WhoSay that Scott was "the epitome of elegance and femininity yet still had a girlish quality. I will miss her honesty and I will miss her friendship. My heart goes out to Mick and all who loved her and were loved by her."
Though her studio is based in London, Scott presented her runway shows in New York until recently. They were exclusive A-list affairs like few others.
Scott is survived by a brother, Randall Bambrough of Ogden, Utah, who declined comment.