Fashion designer L’Wren Scott, 49, has been found dead in her Manhattan apartment, with her death being treated as suicide by New York police.
Scott was found hanged by her assistant, whom she had texted earlier in the day to go to the apartment, at 10 a.m. EDT.
No suicide note was found, according to police, whose investigations continue.
Her company was in millions of pounds of debt. The firm, LS Fashion Ltd., had a loss of ÂŁ3Â·5 million, and it had been run at a loss for several years before. Some ÂŁ4Â·6 million was owed to creditors, with ÂŁ1 million due within a year. LS Fashion Ltd. had ÂŁ1Â·1 million of assets.
Scott’s autumnâwinter 2014â15 show at London Fashion Week had been cancelled. Late last year, Scott launched a line in collaboration with Banana Republic.
She was born Luanna Bambrough in Utah. Having reached 6 ft in height by age 12, she learned to make her own clothes as she struggled to find anything that fitted her. She modelled in Paris before heading to Los Angeles to become a stylist and costume designer. Her label started in 2006.
Her designs were a favourite of this publication, and US First Lady Michelle Obama, and celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Amy Adams, PenĂ©lope Cruz and Christina Hendricks were among her fans.
A spokesman for the British Fashion Council said, ‘We are deeply saddened at the news of L’Wren Scott’s tragic death.
âShe was an iconic woman who inspired so many, and a designer whose contributions to the fashion industry were both extraordinary and unique.
âShe will leave behind an exceptional legacy, however we are so incredibly proud to have had her in our midst.’
She was the long-term girlfriend of the Rolling Stones’ Sir Mick Jagger. They had been together for nearly 13 years and Jagger had spoken about her fashion collections in the past.
Jagger had arrived in Australia for the Rolling Stones’ tour there, which may be cancelled.
Bianca Jagger, Sir Mick’s ex-wife, led tributes, saying, ‘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.’
Supermodel Naomi Campbell wrote on WhoSay: ‘I am deeply shocked and devastated by the news. L’Wren was someone I knew since I was 17. We travelled the world together many times. L’Wren was someone I always loved. She was the epitome of elegance and femininity yet still had a girlish quality. I will miss her honesty and I will miss her friendship. My heart goes out to Mick and all who loved her and were loved by her. May she Rest in Peace.’
Actress Nicole Kidman issued a statement, reading, ‘Nicole and LâWren were close friends for 25 years. She is heartbroken and in shock right now, and unable to say anything.’