Mick Jagger 'still struggling to understand how lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way'
* The Rolling Stones have pulled out of their Australian tour
* Announcement on their tour made earlier this morning
* Mick 'devastated' by the death of long-term partner
* His spokesperson has insisted the couple were still together at time of her death
*Conflicting reports coming from Australia as to whether fashion designer's partner Mick Jagger has left country
* Mick's daughter - top model Georgia May Jagger - has reportedly pulled out of Australian work commitments due to L'Wren's death
* It has emerged L'Wren's fashion company was millions of pounds in debt
* She was to have staged a show during London Fashion Week which was cancelled
* It's now understood the designer could not afford to stage it
Published 18/03/2014 | 02:30
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has said he is still coming to terms with the tragic death of his lover and best friend L'Wren Scott.
Today the grieving musician said he is "still struggling to understand my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way".
In a statement on mickjagger.com, the star wrote a poignant tribute to his lover.
"We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves," Jagger said.
"She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."
"I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received," Jagger said.
"I will never forget her.".
Yesterday the star was left "shocked and devastated" after his girlfriend was found hanged in her New York apartment.
The death of the 49-year-old fashion designer, who had been Jagger's partner for almost 13 years, was being treated as suicide by police.
The Rolling Stones have realeased a statement, saying they are "deeply sorry and disappointed" to announce the postponement of the rest of their tour in Australia and New Zealand.
The statement was posted on rollingstones.com
It emerged last night that L'Wren Scott's fashion company was millions in debt.
Ms Scott was discovered dead by an assistant at 10am local time (2pm GMT). She had reportedly texted the same assistant at 8.30am and asked her to come to the apartment.
Jagger (70) had landed in Perth for a Rolling Stones tour of Australia shortly before the news broke, and had posted pictures on Twitter of himself on a beach. The band now seems certain to cancel the tour, which was due to start tomorrow.
A spokesman for Jagger said: "He is completely shocked and devastated by the news. I can't say any more than that at the moment."
This morning, the band announced the cancellation of their six dates in Australia and New Zealand following the fashion designer's death.
Other reports have stated Jagger has left the country - but a number of media outlets have reported his private plane is still on the tarmac in Brisbane and has not departed.
Those closest to Ms 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.
But her fashion firm, LS Fashion Ltd, was running at a loss of £3.5m (€4.2m). A total of £4.6m (€5.5m) was owed to creditors, with £1m due for payment within a year, though the company had £1.1m of assets.
Although Jagger's wealth is estimated at £200m (€240m), Ms Scott is reported to have been "embarrassed" at her company's losses.
Among the items taken from Ms Scott's apartment by coroner's officers was her computer.
Last month she cancelled her London Fashion Week show because of what were described at the time as production delays.
According to one report last night, the real reason the show was cancelled was because Ms Scott could not afford to stage it.
There had also been reports that she was keen to have children and wanted to marry Jagger.
At the weekend she was not present at a joint baby shower for Jagger's 42-year-old daughter Jade, who is expecting in May, and Jade's daughter Assisi (21) whose own baby is due next month.
The party was reportedly organised by Jagger's ex-wife Jerry Hall at the former marital home in Richmond, London.
Sources in the US said no note was found in Ms Scott's apartment on Eleventh Avenue in Manhattan. A New York Police Department spokesman said: "Upon arrival, officers discovered a 49-year-old female unconscious and unresponsive. She was pronounced dead on arrival. The investigation is ongoing. The medical examiners will determine the cause of death."
The source said foul play was not suspected.
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. May she rest in peace."
The entertainer Bette Midler described her as "a rare, wonderful, talented soul". And Alexandra Shulman, editor of 'British Vogue', said: "L'Wren Scott had a very clear notion of style which informed everything she did. It's not easy making the transition from stylist to designer, but every year L'Wren's recognition as a designer and creator of a brand was increasing."
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."
The 6ft 3in designer founded her own fashion label in 2006 and was a favourite of Hollywood stars including Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie, as well as Michelle Obama.
She recently signed a deal with the clothes chain Banana Republic for a more affordable range of clothing.
Born Luann Bambrough in Utah, adopted as a baby and raised as a Mormon, Ms Scott was 6ft tall by the age of 12 and learned to make her own clothes because it was impossible to find anything in shops that fitted her.
She scraped together enough money for a one-way ticket to Paris and found work as a catwalk model for Chanel, thanks in part to her 42-inch legs.
But she found she took more pleasure from making clothes than wearing them and moved to Los Angeles where she began to work as a stylist and a costume designer for films including 'Eyes Wide Shut' and 'Ocean's Thirteen'.
More recently she had based herself in New York, living in one of Manhattan's most expensive new tower blocks, 200 Eleventh Avenue, nicknamed the Sky Garage as it features a car elevator that lifts owners' vehicles to private garages attached to each apartment.
Neighbours in the tower block include Nicole Kidman and Domenico Dolce, of Italian fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana.