NEW YORK (AP) — The death of fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was suicide, the New York City medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.
An autopsy completed on the body of 49-year-old Scott found that she died of hanging, according to Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner.
Scott was found dead in her Manhattan apartment Monday morning. Police said her assistant found her kneeling with a scarf wrapped around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door. There was no note.
The Stones canceled their seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand in the wake of Scott’s death. Jagger called Scott his “lover and best friend” in a Facebook tribute and said he was struggling to come to grips with her death.
Jagger’s bandmates voiced their support for him amid a trying time.
Keith Richards said in a statement Wednesday that “no one saw this coming” and that Jagger has “always been my soul brother and we love him.”
“We’re thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man,” he added.
Charlie Watts said the band’s priority is the 70-year-old Jagger.
“Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time,” he said. “We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible.”
Ronnie Wood echoed Watts’ statement.
“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,” Wood said. “Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can.”
Scott had been Jagger’s companion since 2001. The Rolling Stones frontman paid tribute to his girlfriend Tuesday on his Facebook page writing, “I will never forget her.”