Fashion designer and Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott found dead in apartment
Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has been found dead in a New York apartment in an apparent suicide, according to a law enforcement official.
The 49-year-old long-time partner of the Rolling Stones frontman was found hanged inside the eighth floor apartment at 200 Eleventh Avenue in Manhattan by her assistant around 10 am, according to the New York Post.
The official said no note was found and there was no sign of foul play.
It has been reported that she texted her assistant to come over to the apartment just before she died.
The Mormon-raised 6ft 4 former model had been dating Jagger for nearly 13 years following his split from wife Jerry Hall.
Jagger, 70, is currently on tour in Australia with the band.
A spokesman for the singer confirmed the death, saying he was "completely shocked and devastated" following the news.
Jagger had tweeted earlier today from a beach in Perth:
"Great to be back In Australia! Looking forward to the first show in Perth."
Ms Scott's own Twitter account last posted a message an hour before her body was reportedly found.
A NYPD spokesman said the department had responded to a call at 10.05am to the address, where they found a 49-year-old woman unconscious and unresponsive.
Police are treating it as a suicide, although the medical examiner has yet to determine an official cause of death.
Born in Utah with the given name Laura Barnbrough, she later used the more exotic name L'Wren when she moved to Los Angeles to work as a model and later a costume designer.
"I had to learn to sew when I was growing up, because nothing else fitted me," she told The Telegraph in a 2011 interview.
Her first collection was launched in 2006 and has since been worn by stars including Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Penélope Cruz.
Due to the line's popularity, at the end of last year she launched a collaboration with Banana Republic, in which she starred alongside models in the adverts.
L’Wren also worked styling costumes on film sets including Ocean’s Thirteen, Eyes Wide Shut and Shine a Light, a Martin Scorsese documentary about the Rolling Stones.
Jagger and L'Wren had been dating since 2001. She was a fixture on Jagger's arm and, at around 6ft 3ins, towered over her famous boyfriend.
Miss Scott was adopted by Mormon parents and raised in Roy, Utah.
"This is a horrible and tragic loss," said singer Madonna. "I'm so upset. I loved L'Wren's work and she was always so generous with me."
Just last month Miss Scott cancelled her London Fashion Week show, due to reported production delays.
Make-up artist Bobbi Brown collaborated with Miss Scott last month on a cosmetics line called the Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Collection.
"I am devastated by the tragic news about L'Wren," Ms Brown said on her website. "She was a visionary designer who I very much enjoyed working with, but she was also smart and kind. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to her loved ones during this very sad time."
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