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Singer Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott has been found dead in her Manhattan apartment. For help or information, call Lifeline, 131 114, or visit beyondblue.org.au.
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L'Wren Scott, an American fashion designer and long-time girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, has been found dead in her New York apartment.
New York police don't suspect foul play.
The designer, a favourite among Hollywood's A-listers, was found by her assistant on Monday morning.
Scott texted her assistant at 8.30am and asked that she come over to her apartment, police sources told the New York Daily News.
Jagger is in Australia with The Rolling Stones On Fire national tour, which was due to begin in Perth on Wednesday.
Jagger's spokesman says the singer is "completely shocked and devastated" by the news. The pair had been dating since 2001 following Jagger's split from wife Jerry Hall.
The US media are reporting the fashion designer took her own life, but say no note was found at the scene.
The Utah-born Scott was a red carpet favourite of Hollywood's A-List, with Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Penelope Cruz wearing her creations.
But her most loyal customer was Nicole Kidman, who called on Scott to dress her for the Academy Awards and other red carpet events.
Kidman wore a sequinned Scott gown to the 2013 Oscars.
Kidman is shocked and heartbroken by the death of her close friend and favourite fashion designer.
"Nicole and L'Wren were close friends for 25 years," a representative for Kidman told Rumorfix.com.
"Nicole is heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything."
Scott founded her high-end label in 2006 and recently created a more affordable line of clothes with Banana Republic.
She recently cancelled her London Fashion Week show due to reported production delays.
Makeup artist Bobbi Brown collaborated with Scott last month on a cosmetics line called the Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Collection.
''I am devastated by the tragic news about L'Wren,'' Brown said on her website. ''She was a visionary designer who I very much enjoyed working with, but she was also smart and kind.''
The New York Medical Examiner's Office will determine a cause of death.
"A 49-year-old female was found this morning at 10.05am at 200 11th Avenue. She was unconscious," an NYPD spokesperson said.
"She was pronounced dead on arrival by the emergency medical services.
"The investigation is ongoing.
"We are awaiting medical examiners to determine the cause of death."
Jagger and Rolling Stones bandmates Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts arrived in Perth on Monday morning to begin their Australian tour.
The band tweeted a photo of themselves as they disembarked on the tarmac with their name emblazoned on the side of the plane.
The first show is scheduled for tomorrow night before the band heads to Adelaide.
The east coast leg of the tour will begin at Sydney's All Phones Arena on March 25 followed by Melbourne, Hanging Rock, Brisbane and Auckland.
Tour organisers Frontier Touring Company have been asked to confirm if there are any changes to the tour.
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— Bianca Jagger (@BiancaJagger) March 17, 2014
Such sad news. Our condolences are with L’Wren’s family and friends: http://t.co/FOVbsxNoZm— Duran Duran (@duranduran) March 17, 2014
So sad to hear of the death of L'Wren Scott. What a beautiful woman and an incredible designer.— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) March 17, 2014
Just got news of the beautiful L'wren Scott's death perhaps by her own hand. I am devastated. A rare, wonderful, talented soul. Goodbye.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 17, 2014
For help or information, call Lifeline, 131 114, or visit beyondblue.org.au.