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Jagger pays tribute to companion, Stones halt tour

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mick Jagger paid poignant tribute to his late companion, designer L'Wren Scott, on Tuesday, calling her his "lover and best friend" and saying he was struggling to understand why she might have taken her own life.

Jagger posted the message on his Facebook page as the Rolling Stones canceled their seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, "14 on Fire," in the wake of Scott's death. The noted fashion designer was found dead Monday in her Manhattan apartment, an apparent suicide.

"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," Jagger wrote. "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."

Jagger was believed to be on his way to New York after hearing the news in Australia. The band issued a statement expressing regret that the tour was being postponed.

Meanwhile, details emerged in Britain about financial troubles that Scott's eponymous label had been experiencing. Last month the designer canceled her London Fashion Week show, due to reported production delays.

Accounts filed by Scott's LS Fashion Ltd. in London show the company had liabilities that exceeded assets by 4.24 million euros ($5.9 million) as of Dec. 31, 2012.

The company's long and short-term debts totaled 6.75 million euros against assets, capital and reserves of 2.51 million euros, according to the accounts, which were filed in October.

That news raised questions about whether Scott's label, popular on Hollywood red carpets, would now be able to survive. Steven Frumkin, dean of business and technology at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, said that was an open question, but that despite the company's difficulties, the brand could survive with skillful marketing.

He said it was crucial that the label also stake a claim to a wide audience, as Scott did in a recent collaboration with Banana Republic, and not just go after the high end of the market. Scott's designs have been popular with celebrities like Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman and first lady Michelle Obama.

Prominent fashion writer Robin Givhan noted that with a private company, it's impossible to know what the future holds. But she suggested that survival could be a challenge for the label, since it was "still quite young in its development and with a very limited audience. It certainly was not a household name." She added that the fashion line was "based on a particular aesthetic sensibility that was quite personal."

Scott was adopted by a Mormon couple and grew up in small-town Utah. She made her way to Paris after high school where, aided by her 6-foot-3 height (some say it was 6-foot-4) and striking looks, she found work as a model for some prominent photographers.

But she became more interested in working with clothes than modeling them, and eventually made her name as a top stylist in Los Angeles and a costume designer for films including "Ocean's 13."

In 2006, Scott founded her 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, such as her famous "headmistress" dress - prim, with three-quarter sleeves, but also close-fitting and stylish.

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kbuffy49 March 19 2014 at 3:02 AM

Such a sad loss of a life. That is why we need to make people aware of mental illness and to make people realize that mental illness affects millions of people, and that it is ok to talk about it and to take the stigma of mental illness out of the minds of everyone and make them realize that it is ok to talk about mental illness and to give it the same treatment as you would any physical illness. My sincere condolences to Mick and all miss Scott's family and friends. May God keep her safe in his arms!

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ambonding March 19 2014 at 8:39 AM

Prayers and much sympathy to Mick and her family and friends. Such a tragic thing. Someone who seems to have it all may be really hurting on the inside.

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sonofjaco March 18 2014 at 10:42 PM

That is very sad. I am struggling to imagine Mr. Jagger in that type of situation. Normally, he's Mick Jagger the Rocker and legend. We overlook the act that these folks are as human as us.

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martha1949 March 18 2014 at 10:24 PM

So very shocking and sad. Deepest sympathies to the family and friends. But it is too early to draw conclusions. As soon as I read the details, I thought back to 2006 and the death of Waitress director Adrienne Shelly. She too, was found in her apartment hanged, and suicide was the initial finding. Shortly afterward, that construction worker came forward and confessed to her murder. Both deaths were a tremendous loss to the creative world.

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Butterdov martha1949 March 18 2014 at 11:59 PM

I did too Martha. They just jumped to the fact it's suicide and they did that in Ms Shelly's case also. I am not buying it!

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sbettybooi Butterdov March 19 2014 at 1:31 AM

Agree not buying it.

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kate kate March 19 2014 at 10:08 AM

My friend commited suicide on Christmas Day. She had a husband and two sons. Shewas very succesful.I had just talked to her the last previous week. She gave no indications.................Most people that commit suicide never make their plans made. RIP Penny.

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blueeyessing kate kate March 19 2014 at 11:03 AM

"Most people that commit suicide never make their plans made. "


That is very true. They are very good at fooling people, even those close to them.

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tesla5000 kate kate March 19 2014 at 2:20 PM

Sometimes, people forget that everything but life, has a rewind button.

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wollardjenny March 19 2014 at 9:03 AM

Suicide, a death that loved ones can never recover from. You wear the face of sorrow and the questions of 'why' everyday. Rich or poor it is a powerful sorrow to carry.

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Kimberly Bisnar March 18 2014 at 10:05 PM

What a tragedy! Such a talent and beautiful women. Why would she feel there was no way to talk with her best friend and lover about her concerns. I hope she fines peace with God. Sorry for your loss Mick. Be well, be loved and take care of those you love.

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Mimi March 19 2014 at 9:04 AM

Sad to note the comments during a tragic circumstance such as this.
Why do the haters always have mean spirited remarks ? Just send sympathies to those who are hurting.... because no one has the right to judge another man's heart .

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James Mimi March 19 2014 at 10:03 AM

Mimi has spoken.

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Kitten Mimi March 19 2014 at 10:10 AM

Mimi....good thought you impart. Not sure to which comment you refer but I thought the one about her "being sacrified by the devil" was just awful. There are always people who will say things not appropriate.

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N. MARIE March 18 2014 at 9:54 PM

Very sad, hope she finds peace. Feel bad for Mick, time will help heal. Very sad.

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Karen March 19 2014 at 9:23 AM

I am deeply sorry for all who have been hurt, shocked, and in mourning for the loss of their beautiful L'Wren Scott. May the good memories overshadow the sadness and shock of a decision that only L'Wren understands. RIP.

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