SYDNEY/NEW YORK: The Rolling Stones cancelled a concert in Australia, leaving their ‘Down Under’ tour in limbo yesterday, after lead singer Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott was found dead in her Manhattan apartment.
Scott, a 49-year-old fashion designer and former model, was found hanging from a scarf on Monday, police said, adding they were treating her death as a suicide..
A medical examination to determine the exact cause of death was set yesterday.
“The examination is scheduled for today and it may or may not yield a manner of death by later today,” said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.
Jagger, 70, said through a spokesperson he was “completely shocked and devastated”.
The news of Scott’s death stunned friends, clients and fellow designers. Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, a friend of 25 years, was “heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything,” her spokeswoman said.
The Rolling Stones had been due to kick off a six-concert Australia and New Zealand leg of their world tour today in Perth in western Australia. But the group’s Australian publicist yesterday said the concert would not be going ahead.
Frontier Touring declined to comment on whether Jagger and other band members were planning to return to the United States or whether other Australian concerts would be affected. “No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available,” Frontier Touring said in a statement yesterday.
Jagger and bandmates Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts landed in Perth on Monday in their private jet, emblazoned with the famous tongue and lips logo. The aircraft remained on the tarmac. Jagger’s daughter, Georgia May Jagger, also cancelled a planned appearance at Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Festival this week, according to local design house Camilla, for whom she was scheduled to model.
Scott and Jagger had been dating since 2001 and were often seen at celebrity events, with the 6-foot, 3-inch tall former model towering over her rock-star boyfriend. Scott became one of New York’s most famous designers over the last decade and was best known for her slim-fitting dresses favoured by Hollywood stars.
Pop singer Madonna in a statement described Scott’s death as “horrible and tragic.” Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who knew Scott for many years, said she was the “epitome of elegance and femininity.”
Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief, also expressed her sadness.
“L’Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvellous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style,” Wintour wrote on Vogue.com. Although Kidman, Amy Adams and Penelope Cruz were pictured in Scott’s creations on the red carpet, her company was making losses.