Fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who was romantically involved with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, was found dead from an apparent suicide at her home in New York,
New York police sources said that Scott, 49, was discovered mid-morning at her apartment on 11th Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood at about 10am. Earlier that day Scott sent a text message around 8:30 a.m. telling her assistant, Brittany Penebre, to “come by” her ninth-floor duplex, the sources said.
When Penebre arrived in an elevator that opens directly into the spacious apartment, she found Scott hanging from the L-shaped handle, sources said. She called 911 and Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials said there was no suggestion of foul play, although a final of cause of death was to be determined by the city’s medical examiner. There was no note found at the apartment. The autopsy is expected to take place on Tuesday.
The 70-year-old Rolling Stones frontman, Sir Mick Jagger, who was in Perth, Australia, by the time the news broke, said through a spokesperson that he was “completely shocked and devastated.” Scott’s family issued a statement asking for privacy.
Famous for her relationship with Jagger, Scott was also a hugely successful designer whose body-hugging and figure-flattering dresses were loved by Hollywood stars and First Lady Michelle Obama alike.
Those closest to Scott appeared to have had no warning that anything was wrong. Her official Twitter account was even updated by an aide, with a link to a fashion shoot, an hour after police had been called to her apartment.
Scott, born Luann Bambrough, and raised by adoptive parents in the US state of Utah, began her career as a model in Paris, then moved to Los Angeles to become a fashion stylist, according to a biography on her company’s website. The designer and Sir Mick began dating in 2001, and five year later, she founded her own fashion label.
Scott also worked on costumes for Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut, the 2007 ensemble blockbuster Ocean’s Thirteen, and Shine A Light, a 2008 documentary on the Rolling Stones that was directed by Martin Scorsese
However, recently her business, LS Fashion Ltd, wasn’t doing well, as with an October balance sheet revealing it was $5.9 million in the red for 2012 after recording a $4.2 million deficit for 2011.
Last month, Scott canceled her show at London Fashion Week because of production delays, but there had been little public sign that anything more serious was wrong.
Tributes flowed from across the worlds of fashion and celebrity. 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.”
Steven Colb, chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, wrote, “So very sad today. L’Wren Scott was such a great talent and beautiful person. My thoughts are with her loved ones.”
The singer 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.”