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Rolling Stones concert canceled in wake of L’Wren Scott’s death

L’Wren Scott, a noted fashion designer who has been Mick Jagger’s companion for more than a decade, was found dead in her New York apartment March 17, 2014. (Photo: CNN)

L’Wren Scott, a noted fashion designer who has been Mick Jagger’s companion for more than a decade, was found dead in her New York apartment March 17, 2014. (Photo: CNN)

NEW YORK — The Rolling Stones have canceled a concert scheduled for Wednesday in Perth, Australia, according to a representative for the group.

The cancellation comes in the wake of the death of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott. Scott was found dead Monday in her New York apartment from an apparent suicide. The 49-year-old was discovered hanging from a door knob with a scarf around her neck, said a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.

“Frontier Touring and Concerts West regret to announce that The Rolling Stones concert in Perth will not be going ahead as scheduled for Wednesday 19 March 2014,” a statement said. “No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available.”

A representative for the New York Police Department said the New York medical examiner will determine the cause of death as the investigation continues into what led up to it. CNNMoney reports the designer’s business was facing mounting losses and debts.

Scott had been dating Jagger, 70, since at least 2003, and the rocker was often a fixture at his girlfriend’s fashion shows. Following her death, a rep for Jagger released a statement saying the singer was completely shocked and devastated by the news.

The fashion industry has also registered shock at the death of the famed designer whose fashions graced such luminaries as first lady Michelle Obama, Madonna and Oprah Winfrey. Scott was beloved for her designs as well as her personal fashion that she honed as a model for designer Thierry Mugler in the 1980s before she began a steady climb, first as a stylist, and later with her own label.

“She was so tall and so glamorous, so unlike anyone else you’d ever seen,” Amy Larocca of New York magazine wrote. “She was easy in her six-foot-three skin as she’d sit down to watch the models parade their narrow pencil skirts, their snug little cardigans, and their general air of film-noir fantasy up and down the runway.”

In a reflection of Scott and her early career in The New York Times, fashion writer Suzy Menkes noted, “As a much lauded but discreet stylist, she became a power behind the Hollywood thrones.”

Menkes added, “The discretion that the designer showed in her work was mirrored by her attitude as a partner to a rock icon. Her clothes suggested a strong and feisty woman, yet she remained a very private person.”

Scott was once quoted as saying, “I’m a fashion designer. I don’t want to be defined as someone’s girlfriend,” and following her death several observers took exception with the media focus on her relationship with Jagger.

Fashion writer Nico Bellay tweeted, “My thoughts are with Mick, but her name is L’Wren Scott, not ‘Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend.”

Johanna Fuentes, a senior vice president with Showtime Networks, tweeted, “L’Wren Scott was a renowned designer, successful model and stylist. Can we not reduce her to being called Mick Jagger’s girlfriend?”

There was also buzz surrounding the timing of a reported picture on Scott’s Facebook page. The New York Post reported that following her death a pre-written post with a picture showing several dresses hanging from trees was seen on the designer’s Facebook page and tweets were sent from her Twitter account, causing some to question if news of her death were a hoax. The social media accounts have since been deleted.

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