Tributes have poured in following the death of designer L’Wren Scott, the girlfriend of rocker Mick Jagger, as it emerged her British fashion company had been losing millions of pounds.
The 49-year-old model and designer, who had been dating the Rolling Stones frontman since 2001, was found dead at a New York apartment.
Her body was discovered on Monday morning at the property in Manhattan and it is understood that police do not suspect foul play.
A spokesman for Scott said: “We confirm the tragic death of L’Wren Scott. At this devastating time for Ms Scott’s family and friends, we request that their privacy be respected.
“There will be no further public statement for the time-being.”
A spokesman for Jagger said: “He is completely shocked and devastated by the news.”
Accounts filed with Companies House in October show Scott’s British company, LS Fashion Ltd, was running at a loss of more than STG3.5 million ($A6.45 million) in 2012, up from more than STG2.5 million the previous year.
The documents also show the firm owed more than a million pounds, despite having assets totalling a similar amount.
Scott, an American who was said to be 6ft 3ins tall and towered at least half a foot over her boyfriend, became well-known in Britain after she got together with Jagger.
As news broke of her death, tributes from the world of fashion and showbusiness flooded on to Twitter.
Bianca Jagger, one of Jagger’s former loves, tweeted: “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.”
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs wrote: “Rest in peace, L’Wren Scott. You’ll forever be missed.”
Pop band Duran Duran added: “Such sad news. Our condolences are with L’Wren’s family and friends.”
Model Daisy Lowe tweeted: “What a loss to the world. Such an inspired woman. She dressed the feminine form unlike any other.”
Entertainer Bette Midler wrote: “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.”
And actress Emmy Rossum tweeted: “So sad to hear of the death of L’Wren Scott. What a beautiful woman and an incredible designer”.
A spokesman for the British Fashion Council said: “We are deeply saddened at the news of L’Wren Scott’s tragic death.
“She was an iconic woman who inspired so many, and a designer whose contributions to the fashion industry were both extraordinary and unique.
“She will leave behind an exceptional legacy; however, we are so incredibly proud to have had her in our midst. At this sad time our thoughts are with her friends and family.”
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