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Death of designer L'Wren Scott officially ruled suicide

The death of fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones' leadman Mick Jagger, was officially ruled a suicide on March 19, 2014, according to news reports. Scott was found hanging from a doorknob in her Manhattan apartment on Mon., March 17.

Musician Mick Jagger and Designer L'Wren Scott attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.
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L'Wren Scott's Facebook page showing a haunting picture of dresses hanging from an old tree shortly after her death on March 17, 2014.
L'Wren Scott/Facebook

L'Wren Scott, a popular fashion designer, whose designs graced red carpets, was well known in the fashion world, but was more famous as the girlfriend of Mick Jagger. A statuesque beauty, Scott, 49, was 6'3" tall, with a long mane of raven black hair and a pale complexion.

Scott's elegant, form fitting designs were seen on the red carpet on stars including Nicole Kidman, Juliana Marguiles and Madonna. See the attached slideshow for pictures of Scott, Jagger and many of the stars wearing her fashions on the red carpet.

The Rolling Stones were starting a tour in Perth, Australia when the news of her death broke. Jagger, who has dated Scott since about 2003, was reportedly shocked and heartbroken. The Rolling Stones cancelled their tour in support of their bereaved leadman, but stated that the tour will be rescheduled.

Scott reportedly called her assistant on Monday morning and asked her to come to the apartment, so it seems that she planned the grisly discovery. Eerie posts appeared on her Facebook page, apparently set on a timer, including a haunting photo of empty dresses hanging on a tree. Her social media pages were subsequently taken down, but the L'Wren Scott company website shows her designs.

Mick Jagger made a statement on Facebook,

" 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. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her, Mick."

Her sudden death has been reported and speculated upon by news sources and tabloids and has been a trending topic on the internet since it was discovered. As is the nature of the internet, unsubstantiated rumors have been spreading like wildfire, including speculation about relationship problems with Jagger, frustration that she never had children, crushing debt, pride and embarrassment about her business failure.

Scott seemed to live a life that many people would not only envy, but consider a dream, including a successful career in fashion, famous friends and clients, a legendary rock-star boyfriend and travel to exotic locations, jet-setting with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.

Her choice to end her own life has left people wondering why she killed herself. If her life was too tough to bear, what about the common people surviving similar problems without the fame, adulation and glamour?

In the wake of her suicide, reports have come out that Scott's namesake company was about six million dollars in debt, which is approximately the value of her Manhattan apartment, owned free and clear. While six million dollars in debt is a crushing amount, she could have liquidated and come out about even, just as people around the world are forced to do regularly.

It is almost certain that Scott was suffering from depression, which is a savage beast. In the grips of depression, a sufferer can fall into a dark mental state and be unable to see solutions or heed optimism.

Scott may have left a clue to her frame of mind when she posted a quote by photographer Bill Cunningham on Instagram, “Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of life.”

It is impossible to know what Scott was thinking at the end, especially since she did not leave a note. Suicide is usually a mystery to the people left behind, leaving survivors wondering how death was preferable to life and the many possiblities still ahead. It is likely we will never know the answers, although that will not stop the speculation.

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