Mick Jagger ‘struggling to understand’ the death of L’Wren Scott

Musician Mick Jagger and designer L’Wren Scott pose following her Fall/Winter 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week, February 16, 2012. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger posted a tribute to his late partner, designer L’Wren Scott, who died Monday. While her death was believed to have been a suicide, according to news reports, that has not been confirmed by authorities. She was 49.

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,

He shared the words, with a picture of Scott, his partner of 13 years, on his personal Web site and his Facebook page.

The band has postponed the rest of its 14 ON FIRE Australian and New Zealand tour dates, and posted this announcement on their Web site:

The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement.

The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule these postponed shows at a later date

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage during day two of British Summer Time Hyde Park presented by Barclaycard at Hyde Park on July 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage at Hyde Park on July 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

Scott designed all of Jagger’s stage wear for his “50 & Counting” tour. When the Stones played an encore of the 1969 Hyde Park concert in London last year, Scott designed a butterfly-bedecked blazer for Jagger. It recalled the hundreds of white butterflies the band released in the park for the 1969 concert. Women’s Wear Daily reported that with lighting and special effects, it would look as though the butterflies were flying off of the jacket. You can see the original sketches for the blazer there, too.

Scott’s assistant, Brittany Penebre, discovered the designer in her Manhattan apartment Monday morning after receiving a text from Scott asking Penebre to come by. Both Scott and her company were millions of dollars in debt.

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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