On March 17, 2014, fashion designer/former model L'Wren Scott was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging in her New York City apartment, according to the New York Daily News. She was 49. Scott was the girlfriend/longtime companion of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, whom she began dating in 2001. Jagger (who is 70) released a statement through his representatives saying that he is "completely shocked and devastated" by her death.
The Rolling Stones are on their "14 on Fire" tour, which was scheduled to go to Perth, Australia, on March 19, 2014. It is unknown at this point if any of the concerts will be postponed or cancelled in the wake of this tragedy.
[March 18, 2014 update: Frontier Touring has officially announced that the Perth concert has been cancelled or postponed. Click here for more details.]
Jagger and Scott lived together in homes in London, New York and Paris.
Scott (who was adopted as a child) was previously known as Luann Bambrough, but she changed her name around the time that she became a model. She was married to property developer Anthony Brand from 1993 to 1996. The marriage ended in divorce.
According to the New York Daily News, on the day that Scott died, "Scott texted her assistant at 8:30 a.m. and told her to come by her $5.6 million Chelsea apartment, which records show she owned outright. Sometime between that text and 10 a.m., when the assistant let herself in with her own key and called 911, the 6-foot-3-inch former model knelt down and used a scarf to hang herself from an L-shaped doorknob, police sources said ... Scott, who was fully clothed and did not leave a note, was beyond saving by the time police and paramedics arrived, the sources said."
The Daily News also reported that Scott's fashion company (which she launched in 2006) was $6 million in debt. It is unknown if she asked Jagger for financial help.
A unnamed friend of Scott's commented to the Daily News: "Everyone thought she had a perfect life but when you would chat to her it was clear her life was far from it. She told me, 'I think I worry too much.' She had a high profile business with lots of buzz and lots of press but you didn't always see the money flowing in."
An unnamed source told the Daily Mail that Scott had a history of depression and had a self-harming incident a few weeks before her death. She was not seen with the Rolling Stones on their "14 on Fire" tour (which launched on Feb. 21, 2014) because "she just wasn’t well enough to go on tour with them," according to an unnamed source to talked to the Daily Mail.
In November 2013, Jagger was by Scott's side when they celebrated her partnership with Banana Republic at a starlet-studded party hosted by Scott, Banana Republic and Vanity Fair's West Coast editor Krista Smith at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, Calif.
Scott's first collection for Banana Republic went on sale on Dec. 5, 2013. The collection's highest-priced item is selling at a suggested retail price of $198. Most of Scott's designs were previously not mass-market. She was known for her high-end fashion collections that were often showcased during Fashion Week in London, New York and Paris. Jagger often attended these fashion shows and other events related to Scott's fashion business.
Scott's fashion was worn by numerous celebrities, including Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Madonna, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker. According to the Associated Press, Scott also designed many of the outfits that Jagger wore on stage during the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting" tour that went to North America and the United Kingdom in 2012 and 2013.
Scott, who had a policy of not talking about Jagger when she did interviews, commented to the Sunday Times about the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection: "You don't need to wear Spanx if you buy my clothes. The dress, the trousers, the pencil skirt, they should do the work."
Jagger rarely talked about Scott in interviews, but he told the New York Times' T magazine in 2010: "I try and help L’Wren. You always try and help whoever you’re kind of dating. I always help them out in one way or another. When I was living with Jerry Hall, I used to help her pick her model pictures, or if she was doing a stage thing, I’d read her plays with her. I mean, that’s what you do, and vice versa, they do the same for you ...
“I don’t really subscribe to a completely normal view of what relationships should be. I have a bit more of a bohemian view. To be honest, I don’t really think much of marriage. I’m not saying it’s not a wonderful thing and people shouldn’t do it, but it’s not for me. And not for quite a few other people too, it would appear. I just think it’s perhaps not quite what it’s cracked up to be. I know it’s an elaborate fantasy.”
Scott's suicide is a tragic echoing of the suicide attempts of Jagger's ex-girlfriends Chrissie Shrimpton and Marianne Faithfull.
Shrimpton dated Jagger from 1963 to 1966 and was also engaged to him. She tried to commit suicide by overdosing on pills. Shrimpton has given many interviews saying that she and Jagger broke up because of his infidelities and because his work commitments often kept them apart. Shrimpton said in the 2012 biography "Mick Jagger" (by author Philip Norman) that she tried to kill herself because she was upset about her relationship with Jagger. According to Shrimpton, Jagger began to distance himself from her even more after her suicide attempt. She also said that she found out that Jagger was cheating on her with Faithfull by reading about it in the papers.
Faithfull and Jagger were a couple from 1966 to 1969. Their love affair was nearing its end around the time of her suicide attempt (by overdosing on pills) in 1969. In her memoirs, Faithfull (who had a miscarriage in 1968) said she tried to kill herself because she was depressed over her relationship with Jagger, the miscarriage, and because she had a growing addiction to heroin. After Faithfull awoke from her drug-induced coma, she famously told Jagger, "Wild horses couldn't drag me away." Those words later became the inspiration for the Rolling Stones hit "Wild Horses," according to Faithfull. Jagger and Faithfull's romance ended when she left him for artist Mario Schifano, but that relationship also didn't last.
According to the Daily News, a spokesperson for Jagger says that Jagger and Scott were definitely still a couple when Scott committed suicide.
Jerry Hall, the mother of four of Jagger's children, was in a relationship with Jagger from 1977 to 1999. In her 2010 photo book, "Jerry Hall: My Life in Pictures," Hall commented on Scott and Jagger's relationship by saying that Scott was "better at dealing with him than I am. He needs a lot of adoration, which I wasn’t really to give him."
Bianca Jagger (who was married to Mick from 1971 to 1980, and is the mother of his daughter Jade) tweeted on March 17, 2014: "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."
A spokesperson for Scott issued this statement: "At this devastating time for Ms. Scott's family and friends, we request that their privacy be respected."