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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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Merry's AOL March 20 2014 at 6:54 PM

I'm saddened to hear of L'Wren Scott's death. She was so talented. NOTHING in this world is worth taking ones life for. I wish she had chosen life and found a way to work her problems out. My sympathies go out to her family and loved ones.

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thunderboatsuzy March 20 2014 at 10:29 PM

what a stunning woman beautifull just beautifull, she probably felt shame if she closed her business worried what other shallow idiots would think,mick is loaded he would have helped her out maybe she was too proud to ask and fell weak to make belief shame,self induced weakness for nothing cos nobody really cares and she should,nt have. so sad and what a waste of one of gods beautifull creations talented and special oh well she is a angel now long tall angel r.i.p. pretty lady.

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albertaclippas thunderboatsuzy March 20 2014 at 10:38 PM

Mick is broke from doing drugs

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Martha L.Lorenzo March 20 2014 at 2:51 PM

It is very sad to see a beautifully talented lady go so tragically. She must have gone thru such darkness to make the decision to end it all. May her soul rest in peace and her loved ones find the strength to carry-on.

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sheeplesuks March 20 2014 at 3:14 PM

there are always red flags- you just missed them

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anitamara1 March 20 2014 at 10:29 PM

This woman was obviously distraught. So many people on here try and make up reasons as to why she did it. We will never know why. She is gone. The loving family and friends she left behind have to deal with this heartbreak. Ms. Scott, R.I.P. To her family and friends, I hope you find peace and understanding.

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bobparks77 March 20 2014 at 3:23 PM

Friends and family are always left to wonder what they missed, what they could and should have done. It never goes away.

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edgewise81 bobparks77 March 20 2014 at 4:26 PM

II know from experience how true that is. Not a day has gone by for 40 years that I haven't asked the "if only" question.

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bobbytyrone March 20 2014 at 3:23 PM

This is such a tragedy. I just wondered if she was in financial trouble why she couldn't ask Mick for some help. Isn't he worth a fortune? Wouldn't 6 million dollars be just a drop in the bucket for him? Perhaps, Mick is asking himself this question now. There must have been more to this than just money woes.

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SumBreezeHuh bobbytyrone March 20 2014 at 3:26 PM

It was reported from someone in her family that she refused to ask Mick for money.

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g23you2012 bobbytyrone March 20 2014 at 4:11 PM

Because they did not have much of a Real Relationship. It was only superficial. The Show and Status was all it was......

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

to bad-----sorry

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Silverdoll March 20 2014 at 10:32 PM

It is always sad to see someone take their life; what's even more sad is when the people around us miss the signs of a heart crying in silent despair. I am almost certain that if she felt she had someone to talk to, she would be alive to battle through what she perceived as failure.

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gailneuman Silverdoll March 20 2014 at 11:59 PM

Sad that no one seemed to take her attempted suicide a week ago seriously-she should not have been left alone

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