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Death of designer L'Wren Scott is ruled a suicide

NEW YORK (AP) -- The death of fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was suicide, the New York City medical examiner's office said Wednesday.

An autopsy completed on the body of 49-year-old Scott found that she died of hanging, according to Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner.

Scott was found dead in her Manhattan apartment Monday morning. Police said her assistant found her kneeling with a scarf wrapped around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door. There was no note.

The Stones canceled their seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand in the wake of Scott's death. Jagger called Scott his "lover and best friend" in a Facebook tribute and said he was struggling to come to grips with her death.

Jagger's bandmates voiced their support for him amid a trying time.

Keith Richards said in a statement Wednesday that "no one saw this coming" and that Jagger has "always been my soul brother and we love him."

"We're thick as thieves and we're all feeling for the man," he added.

Charlie Watts said the band's priority is the 70-year-old Jagger.

"Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time," he said. "We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible."

Ronnie Wood echoed Watts' statement.

"This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time," Wood said. "Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can."

Scott had been Jagger's companion since 2001. The Rolling Stones frontman paid tribute to his girlfriend Tuesday on his Facebook page writing, "I will never forget her."

"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."

The fashion label founded by Scott had been heavily in debt and was reportedly about to fold.

Former New York Times fashion writer Cathy Horyn said in an essay on the paper's website that Scott had been planning to announce that she was closing her business.

Scott canceled her London Fashion Week show last month, citing production delays.

Scott launched her high-end fashion label in 2006. First lady Michelle Obama, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz were among the big names to wear her designs.

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.

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 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."


Associated Press writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

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HI--JACKI March 20 2014 at 4:06 PM

to bad-----sorry

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vsop1jv March 20 2014 at 2:32 PM


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Barry Pearson March 20 2014 at 10:56 PM

A sorry end for one so talented and years of potentials left. Perhaps the strain of debt was the cause for her end. People have said, that sucide is a coward's way out. I don't think so,
extreme pressure placed on herself may have triggered her only out. She was probably
a very dependable person setting standards higher than she could cope with? Her obligations
of a financial nature simply had over come her. Sorry, for her family and close friends a real
loss I'm sure.......................

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mschievly Barry Pearson March 20 2014 at 11:09 PM

she would not have been destitute, and had a rich, successful lover and like a phoenix cld have rose from the ashes of her olde company, and perhaps start a new one…but we'll never know…as she DID take the cowards way out…brave people face/ confront their demon and lick, their wounds and move on!
we've all been in a dark place at one time or another, failed relationship, lost job, account overdrawn…etc , its our resilience that makes us stronger.

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DIANE March 20 2014 at 2:28 PM

yes it's alway sad when someone takes that way out, i guess having alot of money and being known all over the world, it's enough, and maybe jagger and friends never knew this side of her that she wasn't strong enough to go to anyone for help, but it is so sad.

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NAOMI March 20 2014 at 2:26 PM

May she rest in peace. No one knows her story.

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CAMILLE March 20 2014 at 11:29 PM

so very sad, i would bet she was on antidepressants~~the killer drug!!

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gailneuman CAMILLE March 20 2014 at 11:57 PM

I agree, especially after her attempted suicide a week ago. I wonder if the coroner ran toxicology tests.

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stroker481 March 20 2014 at 2:17 PM

This is a truly a sad situation. Isn't there any sorrow in any ones heart?

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elnpet stroker481 March 20 2014 at 2:41 PM

Not for people like this.

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pupmobile March 20 2014 at 11:41 PM

RIP L'Wren Scott. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, loved ones and friends.

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gailneuman March 20 2014 at 11:56 PM

I don't understand how one can die by hanging when on their knees

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Mrs. Corfield gailneuman March 21 2014 at 12:53 AM

Put a rope, scarf or whatever you like, around your neck. Tie it to your doorknob. Kneel. Fall forward away from the doorknob. The momentum of the fall and your weight will hang you (assuming you have a good door and doorknob, not a cheap or old one). Not the first time this method has been used nor will it be the last. Because it is common is probably the reason they were able to wrap this up fast and call it a suicide.

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smastro1 March 20 2014 at 3:49 PM

Even kneeling , This was a very tall woman. Must have been a very high french door.

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apaverman smastro1 March 20 2014 at 4:20 PM

smastro--my thoughts also- does not seem like it would work

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