Rolling Stones Postpone Tour After Scott Death
The Rolling Stones have postponed their whole tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of Sir Mick Jagger's long-term girlfriend.
L'Wren Scott, an American fashion designer and former model, was found dead in her New York apartment on Monday in an apparent suicide.
It is understood that police do not suspect foul play.
Stones frontman Sir Mick said he was "struggling to understand" how the 49-year-old could have ended her own life.
The group had been due to play six shows in Australia, beginning on Wednesday, and one stadium concert in New Zealand in April.
They said they were "deeply sorry and disappointed" to announce the dates had been pulled and were trying to work out new dates.
A statement said: "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."
In a separate message posted online, Sir Mick, who had been in a relationship with Scott since 2001, said he would never forget her.
The band had already cancelled one concert in Perth, Western Australia, following news of her death, which shocked the fashion world.
The singer said: "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."
Unconfirmed reports said 70-year-old Sir Mick had flown back to New York.
A spokesman for Scott asked for the privacy of her family and friends to be respected.
Tributes have poured in for Scott, as it emerged her British fashion company had been losing millions of pounds.
Accounts filed with Companies House in October show Scott's British company, LS Fashion Ltd, was running at a loss of more than £3.5m in 2012, up from more than £2.5m the previous year.
The documents also show the firm owed more than £1m, despite having assets totalling a similar amount.
The Rolling Stones had flown to Australia on Monday ahead of their planned performance at the Perth Arena.
"Ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets," Frontier Touring said on its Facebook page.
New York City Police said Scott was found unconscious at her home on 11th Avenue in Manhattan.
"She was pronounced dead on arrival by the emergency medical services," a spokeswoman said.
As news broke of her death, tributes from the world of fashion and showbusiness flooded on to Twitter.
Bianca Jagger, one of Sir Mick's former loves, tweeted: "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."
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs wrote: "Rest in peace, L'Wren Scott. You'll forever be missed."
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