Will the tour go on? Rolling Stones' Jagger mourns popular fashion designer girlfriend's death
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger says he is “completely shocked and devastated by the news” of girlfriend L'Wren Scott’s apparent suicide in New York.
Jagger was quoted in an email sent by a spokesman for the band, which has just arrived in Perth to start a tour of Australia and New Zealand. There is no word on whether this will affect planned concerts, though the band has a reputation for the “show must go on.”
In 1969, they played live in London’s Hyde Park just days after the death of founding member Brian Jones.
The Stones are due to open their 14 On Fire tour tomorrow night at the Perth Arena, followed by performances in Adelaide (Mar 22), Sydney (Mar 25), Melbourne (Mar 28), Hanging Rock in Victoria's Macedon Ranges (Mar 30), Brisbane (April 2) and Auckland (April 5). All were booked out last year soon after tickets went on sale.
Ms Scott, 47, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment. A New York police spokesman confirmed in a statement that “officers discovered a 47-year-old female unconscious and unresponsive” and that she was declared dead at the scene.
She is believed to have been found hanged. “The investigation is ongoing and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death,” the police spokesman said.
Ms Scott was a former model-turned- acclaimed fashion designer whose couture collections were worn by some of Hollywood’s biggest names. She also worked as a designer and consultant for costumes on several major films.
Her most recent show was scheduled to take place in London during fashion week last month. However, it was abruptly cancelled, apparently due to “production delays.”
Jagger has been romantically linked with her since 2001. Originally named Luann Bambrough, she was adopted and raised by Mormon parents in the city of Roy, in northern Utah.
He modelling career started when as a 6ft 3in, 17-year-old she was spotted photographer Bruce Weber by, who cast her with a then-boyfriend in an advertisement for Calvin Klein.
She gave up modelling for Hollywood, where she worked on costumes for Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut, the 2007 ensemble blockbuster Ocean’s Thirteen and Shine A Light, a 2008 documentary on the Rolling Stones that was directed by Martin Scorsese.
She was frequently reported to be on the verge of marrying Jagger, with whom she lived in London and France, and who was 21 years her senior.
She frequently struck a thoughtful tone in interviews that set her apart.
"You’ll see the most perfect person and you are like, God, she’s, like, perfect,” she told Harper's Bazaar about her famous clients in 2011. “And then she’ll tell you everything that’s not perfect. Everyone has their own special set of problems – in their own minds.”