* Medical examiner to determine cause of death
* Boyfriend Mick Jagger 'struggling' to understand suicide
(Adds tour cancelled, Jagger comment)
By Michael Roddy and Patricia Reaney
LONDON/NEW YORK, March 18 The Rolling Stones
called off their tour in Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday
after lead singer Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott was
found dead of an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment.
Scott, a 49-year-old fashion designer and former model, was
found hanging from a scarf on Monday in a high-rise apartment
building in the upscale Chelsea neighborhood.
Police are treating her death as a suicide and the medical
examiner's office said tests to determine the exact cause of
death were set for Tuesday.
"The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to
announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour
of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L'Wren
Scott," the group said in a statement.
The group's Australian publicist asked fans to hold on to
their tickets until an update was made. The group had been due
to kick off a seven-concert Australia and New Zealand leg of
their world tour on Wednesday in Perth in western Australia.
Jagger, 70, who had been dating Scott since 2001, said he
had spent many wonderful years with the acclaimed designer.
"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best
friend could end her life in this tragic way," he said in a post
on his official website, mickjagger.com. "She had great presence
and her talent was much admired, not least by me."
Scott's publicist said funeral details had not been
News of Scott's tragic death shocked friends, clients and
fellow designers. It was unclear if the designer had shown any
signs in her work or personal life indicating she was depressed
Although Hollywood stars such as Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams
and Penelope Cruz were pictured in Scott's sleek, form-fitting
creations on the red carpet, her company had mounting debts.
Accounts filed with Britain's Companies House in October
show that Scott's LS Fashion Ltd ran a loss of 4.3 million euros
($5.99 million) in 2012, up from 3.0 million euros the year
Last month she cancelled her show at London Fashion Week,
citing production problems.
Scott became one of New York's most famous designers over
the last decade and was best known for her slim-fitting, dresses
in beautiful fabrics and fine details.
Pop singer Madonna in a statement described Scott's death as
"horrible and tragic." Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who knew Scott
for many years, said she was the "epitome of elegance and
Scott and Jagger were often seen at celebrity events, with
the 6-foot, 3-inch (1.91-metre) tall former model towering over
her rock-star boyfriend.
A publicist for Jagger denied a New York Post story about a
split between the two, saying it was "100 percent untrue."
Banana Republic, which had collaborated with Scott on a
small holiday collection, said her death was terrible news.
"We are stunned and saddened to learn of the loss of L'Wren
Scott. Our hearts and prayers go out to her friends and family,"
Scott, born Luann Bambrough, was raised in Roy, Utah with
two older siblings by adoptive parents. Local residents were
proud of her success and remembered her as very personable.
"She was a sweet young lady who had great dreams and lived
to see those dreams fulfilled until now, I guess," said Richard
Jensen, an 80-year-old retired electrical contractor who lived
across the street from her family in Utah.
"It is quite shocking really. We felt she was so successful
and had a great career," he added in a telephone interview.
Jensen watched Scott and her brother and sister grow up.
Although she left Utah after her high school graduation, he said
she often returned to visit her mother, who died about four
Scott started her career as a model in Paris before becoming
a stylist and designer.
Her love of fashion began when she made her own clothes as a
teenager, according to her website. After moving to Los Angeles,
she worked as a stylist and designed privately before creating
her own collection.
($1 = 0.7180 Euros)
(Additional reporting by Victoria Cavaliere, Edith Honan, Piya
Sinha Roy, and Belinda Goldsmith; Editing by Mary Milliken and