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  • 19 March 2014, 16:17

Scott Death: Rolling Stones Rally Around Jagger

The Rolling Stones are rallying around their frontman Sir Mick Jagger after his long-term girlfriend L'Wren Scott was found dead in an apparent suicide.

The fashion designer's body was discovered in her New York apartment on Monday. It is understood that police do not suspect foul play.

Singer Sir Mick said in a statement he was struggling to understand how the 49-year-old could have ended her own life.

Following her death, the band postponed their whole tour of Australia and New Zealand which was scheduled to start in Perth on Wednesday.

Sir Mick's bandmates have issued statements saying they will do all they can to support him, and they hope to return to play the cancelled tour dates.

Guitarist Keith Richards said: "No-one saw this coming...Mick's always been my soul brother and we love him.

"We're thick as thieves and we're all feeling for the man...we really hate to disappoint our fans but we'll see everyone really soon."

Guitarist Ronnie Wood added: "This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time.

"Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can."

And drummer Charlie Watts said: "Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time.

"We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible."

Sir Mick, who had been in a relationship with Scott since 2001, said on Tuesday: "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."

Former model Scott, who was originally called Luann Bambrough but changed her name to launch her modelling career in her teens, was brought up in Utah as a Mormon.

She worked in Paris for a number of years, with the likes of Thierry Mugler and Karl Lagerfeld, then went on to return to the US as a stylist. The designer was a wardrobe consultant for films such as Eyes Wide Shut and Ocean's Thirteen.

She met Sir Mick when she worked as a stylist on a photo shoot. She launched her fashion line in 2006 with fans of her work said to include Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Obama, and she has also designed for Banana Republic.

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