Mick Jagger Tuesday said he is "still struggling to understand" the apparent suicide of his longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, as investigators try to piece together what motivated the fashion designer to take her own life.
In a Facebook post that included Scott's photo, the rock icon thanked fans for their support and said the two had "spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves."
Jagger, 70, was reportedly en route to New York City from Australia. The Rolling Stones had been scheduled to perform seven concerts there, but they have been postponed. He said on Facebook that he was "still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way."
The singer, who had dated Scott since 2001, added: "I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her."
An assistant found Scott, 49, whose real name is Luann Bambrough, unconscious and hanging from a doorknob by a scarf inside her apartment at 200 11th Ave. Monday morning. No suicide note was found and there were no drugs in the apartment, police said.
The city's medical examiner scheduled an autopsy for Tuesday. No timetable was given for the results.
Scott designed dresses for dozens of celebrities and dignitaries, including actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, first lady Michelle Obama and actress Penélope Cruz.
Scott and Jagger met in 2001 at a fashion show and were last photographed together at a gala in Los Angeles in November. Jagger's representative Tuesday vehemently denied a published report saying the couple had recently broken up.
"There is absolutely no basis in fact to this story. It is a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during this very tragic time for Mick," the spokeswoman said in a statement.
Scott's London-based fashion businesses, LS Fashion LTD, reported a negative net worth of more than $5.4 million in 2012, financial records show.
Scott's family has asked for privacy since her death and no information on services has been released.
On Monday, several celebrities including Madonna expressed their condolences, as did Bianca Jagger, Mick Jagger's first wife.