On March 25, 2014, Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger attended the funeral of his longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott. A spokesperson for Jagger told Fox News that the funeral was held at Hollywood Forever Funeral Home in Los Angeles. Rev. Ed Bacon of the All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., led the funeral service.
As previously reported, Scott (who was 49) committed suicide at her New York City apartment on March 17, 2014. She was found hanged from a doorknob. Scott was a fashion designer and former model who was Jagger's girlfriend since 2001.
She lived with Jagger (who is 70) in New York, London and Paris. Before she met Jagger, Scott lived in Los Angeles for several years when she was a stylist. As previously reported, Jagger had been in Los Angeles for several days prior to the funeral to be involved in the funeral arrangements. There have been reports that Scott's family wants her to be buried in Utah, the state she lived in when she was a child. Many of her family members still live in Utah. However, the New York Daily News reported that Scott's body was cremated after the funeral.
The New York Post reported that Scott's brother Randy Bambrough wanted Scott's funeral to take place in Los Angeles. Jagger and Bambrough were among those who read tributes to Scott at the funeral, according to Fox News. Scott's sister Jan Shane was reportedly banned from the funeral, wake and any memorial services. Shane had been estranged from Scott at the time of her death and had not spoken to her since 2008, the year that their mother died.
Shane also gave an interview with the Daily Mail (a British tabloid) shortly after Scott died. In the interview, Shane talked about Scott's relationship with Jagger and recent aspects of Scott's personal life. Given that Scott and Shane had not spoken to each other for six years, the tabloid interview was very inappropriate and Shane's credibility very dubious. Jan’s husband, Ron Shane, told the New York Post: “Randy is trying to keep Jan from being able to attend any services.”
According to Fox News, members of Jagger's family attended the funeral, including his two eldest children — daughters Karis (who is 44) and Jade (who is 42) — and Karis' children Mazie and Zak. Paparazzi photos have shown that Jagger's four children whom he has with Jerry Hall — Elizabeth "Lizzy" (who is 30), James (who is 28), Georgia May (who is 22) and Gabriel (who is 16) — were with Jagger in Los Angeles for the funeral. Jagger's youngest child, Lucas (who is 14), lives with his mother Luciana Morad, and there have been no photographs or reports that Lucas was at the funeral too.
Bernard Fowler (one of the Rolling Stones' backup singers) and former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart (who has worked with Jagger on numerous projects) performed "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" at the funeral. Other celebrities at the funeral included Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Bryan Adams and Ellen Barkin.
The Daily Mirror reported that the other members of the Rolling Stones did not attend the funeral to avoid the extra attention that would have happened if the entire band had been there.
An unnamed source told the New York Daily News: "You could tell Mick was nervous. It was very emotional. . . . The mood was somber throughout ... When Randy spoke about his sister, Mick was visibly upset." According to the New York Daily News, about 60 people attended the funeral, and Jagger "left quickly inside a black SUV once the service was done."
The Rolling Stones' "14 on Fire" tour dates in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed in the wake of Scott's death. The concerts were originally supposed to take place from March 19 to April 5, 2014, but the Rolling Stones are now looking into rescheduling the concerts to take place in October and November 2014. Michael Gudinski of Frontier Touring, which is the tour's promoter in Australia and New Zealand, told Billboard: '"Everyone is working very closely together, and it's looking very likely that the rescheduled dates for Australia/New Zealand will be October-November, 2014.
These statements were posted on the official Rolling Stones website:
Keith Richards: “No-one saw this coming…Mick’s always been my soul brother and we love him…we’re thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man…we really hate to disappoint our fans but we’ll see everyone really soon.”
Charlie Watts: “Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time. We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible.”
Ronnie Wood: “This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time. Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can.”
On March 18, 2014, Jagger made an official statement about Scott's death. This statement was posted on the Rolling Stones' official Facebook page:
"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,
Less than two hours before she was found dead, Scott, texted an assistant and asked the assistant to come over to the apartment, according to the New York Daily News, which reported that Scott did not leave a suicide note but there were no signs that someone else killed her. On March 19, 2014, the New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that Scott committed suicide.
Scott's self-titled fashion company was reportedly $6 million in debt. It is not known to the public if Scott asked Jagger for financial help.
One of Scott's friends, fashion critic Cathy Horyn, told the New York Times that friends of Scott "had been worried about her hours before she died. She was with friends on Sunday night [March 16, 2014]. They were deeply concerned about her but they didn’t think she would do something so desperate. I learned since her death she was planning to close her business, with an announcement on Wednesday [March 19, 2014].”
Rolling Stones fans all over the world have been expressing their condolences on the Internet. The vast majority of fans have said that Jagger should take all the time off that he needs as he grieves for this tragic loss.
Only a very small minority of fans (usually people who have tickets to an upcoming Rolling Stones concert) have said that they are upset that they may miss out on a Rolling Stones concert because of the cost and inconvenience. These complainers have quickly been chastised by other fans for being insensitive to how the death of Scott is affecting her loved ones. Many fans also say that it wouldn't be right for Jagger to be pressured to do a Rolling Stones concert if he did not feel he was ready.
In March 2014, Rolling Stones began announcing concert dates for the European leg of their "14 on Fire" tour (including concerts in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium), but dates on the tour could be changed due to the tragic death of Scott.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones have announced that all of their "14 on Fire" concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed to undetermined dates. The Rolling Stones' previous tour of Australia and New Zealand was in 2006, as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour.
It is believed that the Rolling Stones' concert in Oslo, Norway, on May 26, 2014, will be the first concert that the Rolling Stones will perform after Scott's death.
Here are the announced dates for the "14 on Fire" tour, which are now subject to change in the wake of Scott's death:
Feb. 21, 2014: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- Du Arena, Yas Island
Feb. 26, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 4, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 6, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 9, 2014: Cotai, Macau -- Cotai Arena
March 12, 2014: Shanghai -- Mercedes-Benz Arena
March 15, 2014: Singapore -- Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom
March 19, 2014: Perth, Australia -- Perth Arena*
March 22, 2014: Adelaide, Australia -- Oval*
March 25, 2014: Sydney -- Allphones Arena*
March 28, 2014: Melbourne, Australia -- Rod Laver Arena*
March 28, 2014: Macedon Ranges, Australia -- Hanging Rock*
April 2, 2014: Brisbane, Australia -- Entertainment Centre*
April 5, 2014: Auckland, New Zealand -- Mount Smart Stadium*
May 26, 2014: Oslo, Norway -- Telenor Arena
May 29, 2014: Lisbon, Portugal -- Rock in Rio Festival
June 1, 2014: Zurich -- Letzigrund Stadium
June 4, 2014: Tel Aviv, Israel -- HaYarkon Park
June 6, 2014: Paris -- Stade de France
June 7, 2014: Landgraaf, the Netherlands -- Pinkpop Festival
June 10, 2014: Berlin -- Waldbühne
June 16, 2014: Vienna -- Ernst Happel Stadium
June 19, 2014: Düsseldorf, Germany -- Esprit Arena
June 22, 2014: Rome -- Circus Maximus
June 25, 2014: Madrid -- Bernabeu Stadium
June 28, 2014: Werchter, Belgium -- TW Classic Festival
July 1, 2014: Stockholm -- Tele2 Arena
July 3, 2014: Roskilde, Denmark-- Roskilde Festival