L’Wren Scott, renowned fashion designer and girlfriend to the legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jacker, is dead of an apparent suicide at 47.
Here’s what we know about this tragic breaking story.
1. She Was Found Hanging From a Scarf Tied to a Doorknob
Scott’s assistant found her this morning in her eighth-floor apartment at 200 11th Avenue in Manhattan.
According to DNAinfo, she texted her assistant this morning, telling her to come to her apartment.
The Daily News said that Scott contacted her assistant at 8:30 a.m. and let herself in with her key only to find Scott unresponsive.
After her death, the Daily Mail reported that she was in major debt, and too embarrassed to ask Jagger for help.
They claim that her October 2013 business accounts show that the company had a deficit of $5,899,548 with the designer owning creditors $7.641 million.
2. She’s Been Dating Mick Jagger for 13 Years
Great to be back In Australia! Looking forward to the first show in Perth pic.twitter.com/mUFBC5emTn
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 17, 2014
She had been linked romantically to Jagger since 2001. He was in Australia today and posted the above tweet this morning.
The Daily Mail reported that a spokesman said the singer was “completely shocked and devastated.’
In 2010, Jagger referred to her as a woman he was “kind of dating” in an interview with the New York Times.
He went to talk about his cynical views on marriage:
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.
In fact, Scott designed her boyfriend’s costumes for The Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary celebration.
In their first interview together for Women’s Wear Daily in 2012, Scott talked about working with Jagger.
In a way, when you’re designing for this, you are designing for the stage persona. So it’s so great when you see [the clothes] come to life and moving — it’s amazing! I’ve worked with lots of musicians — like Tina Turner — and I love when they go in front of the fitting mirror and do their thing, pose, dance. I love that moment! As you know, when Mick performs he takes things off, goes into this other world.
Jagger’s ex wife, Bianca, also tweeted her condolences:
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
— Bianca Jagger (@BiancaJagger) March 17, 2014
3. She’s a Celebrity Designer
She is a designer to the stars — outfitting such big names as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie. She once designed a 1,400-carat diamond necklace for Nicole Kidman for the Oscars.
Although she had many famous friends, she told New York Magazine, “I just want to be known for what I do, not who I know.”
Celebrities took to Twitter to express their sadness.
Rest in peace, L'Wren Scott. You'll forever be missed.
— Marc Jacobs Intl (@MarcJacobsIntl) March 17, 2014
— Bo Derek (@boderek) March 17, 2014
Brown, who collaborated with Scott last month on a cosmetics line, made this statement on her site:
I am devastated by the tragic news about L’Wren. She was a visionary designer who I very much enjoyed working with, but she was also smart and kind. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to her loved ones during this very sad time.
In November, Elle featured an exclusive article revealing her entire Banana Republic collection, which was released on December 5.
— Cassie Gill (@CassieGill) March 17, 2014
4. She Was 6-foot-3
In a 2011 interview with Harpers Bazaar, she said she was already 5-foot-11 at the young age of 12.
New York Magazine compared her clothing line to her height, saying, “The pieces are as universally lean as Scott herself: skinny dresses, skinny pants.”
5. She Was Raised Mormon
She grew up in Roy, Utah. Over 20 years ago, Bruce Weber discovered her when he was in Utah. He went to cast her in a Calvin Klein shoot.
According to Harpers, Scott then flew to Paris at 18 without telling her parents. She didn’t make it in Paris because of her unusual height, so in 1990, she relocated to L.A.
Once there, she met Herb Ritts, and the rest is fashion history. The fashionista went on to create her own label in 2006.
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