American model and designer L’Wren Scott, who had perhaps gained headlines more recently as the girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, has apparently committed suicide, according to the BBC. She was 49, and a spokesman for Jagger said the rock and roll legend was “shocked and devastated” at the news.
Scott’s assistant found her in her New York apartment, apparently hanging from a scarf on a doorknob in her apartment at 200 11th Avenue. According to reports, Scott had texted her assistant at 8:30 a.m. asking that she come to the apartment, but when the assistant arrived at around 10, she found Scott’s body and immediately dialed 911.
Scott, who had known Jagger since 2001, has seen her work prominently featured in movies such as 1996’s Diabolique, Eyes Wide Shut and Shine a Light, director Martin Scorcese’s documentary about the Rolling Stones. She began her life in fashion as a model before moving into her own as a designer. Among her fans were Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, and Michelle Obama. Scott’s name was also among those considered, apparently, to design Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress.
She has been linked to Jagger since 2001. Adopted by Mormon parents, she was discovered by famous photographer Bruce Weber and went on to model for the likes of Chanel prior to going on to become a celebrity stylist. She is perhaps best known for her Headmistress dress that was worn by both Nicole Kidman and Madonna.
There was no note for Scott’s apparent suicide, and while she had cancelled her London Fashion Week show in February, there had been no apparent indication that she was in distress. In fact, the designer’s Twitter feed was updated two hours ago and an hour after the designer would have died.
The statuesque designer was likely as known for her height as she had been for her form-flattering designs. She was also known for having something of a sense of humor, paying homage to Jagger’s 70th birthday last year by tweeting a picture of him at age 21 in a pair of swim trunks shortly before the Rolling Stones would have made it big. Scott began to make her mark as a designer shortly after her own brand went public in 2006.
She was also known for her open dislike of being referred to as Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, believing that she had her own identity apart from the famous rocker. She believed that she had more to offer than simply as someone’s girlfriend, and said of her forays as a designer, “When you’re taking something on your own, it’s your company, your investment – your life.”
Jagger was on tour in Australia with the Rolling Stones when he received word that his girlfriend of the last decade had died. There is currently no word about how Scott’s suicide will affect the next few days of the tour, and while the cause of death currently appears to have been suicide, the medical examiner will be making an official determination as to the cause of death. Scott admitted that her designs were designed with men in mind, and that she designed clothes with passion and the notion that she had to feel good wearing the clothes. Jagger has yet to make an official statement about Scott’s apparent suicide.
By Christina St-Jean