In the wake of fashion designer L'Wren Scott's death, the Rolling Stones cancelled their Australian and New Zealand tour dates. Frontman Mick Jagger, who had been dating Scott since 2001, issued a statement on his website and Facebook page, with a striking photograph, writing, "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."
He added, "I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her." The Rolling Stones issued this statement, "The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement."
Scott, 49, was found unresponsive in her Chelsea apartment on Monday morning by an assistant. She reportedly hanged herself from a doorknob; the Post reports that she "wrapped a tie around her neck before using a black satin scarf to hang herself from a door handle in her swanky Manhattan apartment on Monday morning, sources said. 'The necktie would apply more pressure,' a source said. 'She must have figured that if the scarf wasn’t long enough or something, then the necktie would choke her out... She clearly wanted to do the job right.'"
Apparently her fashion line, launched in 2006 after a successful career as a stylist, was in financial trouble: She owed at least $6 million to creditors and had cancelled her recent London Fashion Week show. However, her estranged sister didn't think that Scott would have killed herself over money; Jan Shane told the Daily Mail that her sister had her mind on other things, "I know deep down she wanted a family and kids, and I think she deeply wanted it and couldn't get it. I think it bothered her."
Shane also said that Scott didn't want to accept any money from Jagger, whose personal wealth is estimated at around $330 million. Others claim that Jagger had bailed out Scott before.
There's been speculation that Scott and Jagger broke up before she apparently killed herself, but Jagger's spokesperson dismissed that. Former NY Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn says that Scott was planning on announcing she was closing her line today, "Still, as painful as the decision must have been for her, I wouldn’t draw any conclusions from it about her state of mind. Nor should any credence be given to reports of a breakup with Mick. It’s rubbish."
A friend told The Mirror, "Mick loved the fact that L’Wren had her own life and she wasn’t just living for the Rolling Stones. He even liked the fact that she could be a bit distant from other people. But the thing is with L’Wren she was very good at putting up a front and underneath she did want to be friends with everyone, she just wasn’t sure how to go about it. Underneath that big dramatic tall exterior she was like a little girl who was never very sure of herself and constantly wanting to prove she was worthwhile. She poured everything into making her life with Mick perfect. She always wanted to be seen as someone completely in control but she never really was.”
The Medical Examiner is still working on determining her cause of death.