Designer L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger's girlfriend, found dead in Manhattan

Mick Jagger and fashion designer L'Wren Scott arrive Mick Jagger and fashion designer L'Wren Scott arrive at the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection launch party at the Chateau Marmont on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 in West Hollywood, Calif. Photo Credit: AP/Invision / Dan Steinberg

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L'Wren Scott, a celebrity fashion designer and longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was found dead Monday in her Chelsea apartment of an apparent suicide, police said.

Scott, 49, was discovered in her apartment at 200 11th Ave. by an assistant shortly before 10 a.m. The assistant found her kneeling with a scarf around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door, police said. No note or drugs were found in the luxury apartment, according to police.

Numerous celebrities, including Madonna and first lady Michelle Obama, wore outfits designed by the 6-foot-3 Scott, herself a former fashion model.

She designed a huge wardrobe for Jagger to wear during the Rolling Stones' 2012-2013 "50 and Counting" anniversary tour. The band is currently on its "14 On Fire" tour, scheduled to play six concerts in Australia beginning Wednesday in Perth, according to RollingStones.com.

Jagger was "completely shocked and devastated by the news," according to his spokeswoman.

The couple were last photographed together at a fashion launch party in November. Scott, whose elegant designs in lush fabrics were favored by Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey and Penélope Cruz, was a fixture on Jagger's arm since she met him in 2001.

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Last month, she canceled her London Fashion Week show, citing production problems.

"She had some problems with her collection, but that's par for the course. What fashion designer doesn't have financial problems?" said her grieving friend, the designer and stylist Phillip Bloch.

Scott gave no indication of being depressed, or of major problems in her personal or professional life, Bloch said.

She was raised in Utah by adoptive parents. A spokesman for Scott released a brief statement requesting that her family's privacy be respected as they cope.

After modeling for designers like Chanel and Thierry Mugler, Scott eventually became more interested in working with clothes than modeling them. She went on to make her name as a top stylist in Los Angeles and also a costume designer for films like "Ocean's 13."

She launched her own fashion collection in 2006, calling it "Little Black Dress."

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, called Scott "a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style."

With Bianca Fortis and AP

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