Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the Metropolitan Museum
of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in New York in May 2011.
Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Rolling
Stones singer Mick Jagger, has been found dead from an apparent
suicide in her Manhattan apartment. She was 47.
Scott, a former model whose slim-fitting, boldly printed
dresses were favourites among Hollywood's A-list stars such
as Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Penelope Cruz, was found
hanging from a scarf.
"We are investigating it as a suicide," New York police
Detective Kelly Ort said.
Jagger, 70, said through a spokesperson that he was
"completely shocked and devastated. Scott's family issued a
statement asking for privacy.
The glamorous pair had been dating since 2001 and were often
seen at celebrity events, with the tall, leggy Scott towering
over her rock-star boyfriend.
Police said a female was found "unconscious and unresponsive"
in an apartment building in the upscale Chelsea
neighbourhood. Fire officials, who responded to a cardiac
arrest call, said the woman was dead when they arrived.
A single bouquet of yellow daffodils was placed in front of
the glass-fronted, high-rise building where Scott lived.
Police cordoned off its entrance as swarms of media gathered
across the street.
Julie Bolder, of the city's Office of the Chief Medical
Examiner, said the office had not received the body nor begun
work to determine the manner of death.
"Given the timing, that individual will probably be examined
tomorrow and if everything is straightforward, the cause and
manner of death would be available by tomorrow," she said.
FASHION, MUSIC WORLDS STUNNED
Scott was the second major fashion designer to die
unexpectedly in recent years. British designer Alexander
McQueen, who had suffered from depression, committed suicide
in London in February 2010 at the age of 40.
British fashion editor Isabella Blow also took her own life
in 2007 at the age of 48.
Scott's death brought an outpouring of grief from celebrities
who wore her designs or met Scott at social events. A
spokeswoman for Kidman said she had been close friends with
Scott for 25 years.
"Nicole is heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to
say anything," the spokeswoman said in an email.
"Devastated to have lost my friend," tweeted rocker Bryan
Adams. "Rest in peace my dear I'm gonna miss you. Condolences
to all that were close to her."
Jagger's first wife, Bianca, also expressed her grief on
"Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented
L'Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family,"
American fashion designer Marc Jacobs said: "You'll forever
The British Fashion Council described Scott as a woman who
"She will leave behind an exceptional legacy however we are
so proud to have had her in our midst. At this sad time our
thoughts are with her friends and family," it said in a
Scott was known for her lean sexy designs, especially the
tight-fitting dresses favored by actresses. She canceled a
planned show for her fashion label at London Fashion Week
last month and decided to give private, intimate
Her last collection was inspired by Japanese culture and
featured embroidery and sleek lines: white below-the-knee
dresses belted at the waist; red, black and white skirts,
shorts and jackets; a bold yellow dress and pants.
Scott, born Luann Bambrough, was raised in Utah by adoptive
parents. The dark-haired beauty started her career as a model
in Paris before becoming a stylist and designer.
Her love of fashion began when she made her own clothes as a
teenager, according to her website. As a model in Paris,
Scott became more interested in making clothes than modeling
After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a stylist and
designed privately before creating her own collection.
Scott collaborated with many in the fashion and beauty
industry, including Lancome for her first makeup collection,
and designed Italian-made shoes, handbags, eyewear and a
small holiday collection for Banana Republic last year.
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