Mick Jagger's ex L'Wren Scott committed suicide
His rep says they were still a couple while others say he dumped her.
Mick Jagger’s longtime lover killed herself in her Manhattan condo on Monday — leaving the legendary rocker “devastated” and racing to New York from the Rolling Stones’ Australia tour. L’Wren Scott, who recently split from Jagger after 13 years and was millions of dollars in debt because of her crumbling business, used a black satin scarf to hang herself from a balcony door handle, sources said. Scott, 49, sent a text message around 8:30 a.m. telling her assistant, Brittany Penebre, to “come by” her ninth-floor duplex on 11th Avenue and West 24th Street at 10 a.m., the sources said. Penebre arrived right on time in an elevator that opens directly into the spacious apartment, and found Scott hanging from the L-shaped handle, sources said. She called 911 and Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 6-foot-3 Scott rigged the makeshift noose so that her body weight would cut off the oxygen to her brain. A law enforcement source described it as a “painless” way to die. There was no note, no evidence of drugs and no sign of foul play, sources said. A spokesman for Jagger said the singer was “completely shocked and devastated” by Scott’s death. The band’s website didn’t say if any shows had been canceled, but Jagger’s trip to New York will likely require that the Wednesday show in Perth be postponed.
A law enforcement source described Scott as Jagger’s “former” girlfriend — and she told a longtime friend from her native Utah last week that the legendary Stones frontman had dumped her.
Another source close to the designer said she planned on apartment hunting when Jagger returned from his tour. Jagger’s rep insisted that the Hall of Fame rocker and Scott — who began dating in 2001 — were “absolutely” still a couple when she died.
“A split between Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott is 100 percent untrue,” a spokesman said. “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.” Several close friends, including actress Ellen Barkin, went to Scott’s apartment after learning of her death and spent time there with her body, a pal said. “They’ve known that something was going on, and it’s been going on for at least a week,” the friend said, adding that Scott had been acting strangely and ducking phone calls.
So it seems odd that Scott would choose such a brutal way to end her life. Odd, too, that she would text her assistant, Brittany Penebre, at 8.30 on the morning of her death, asking her to come round. It was Monday 17 March and by the time Penebre got to the apartment at 10am, Scott was dead. She was found fully clothed, her 6ft 3in frame slumped on the floor, having hanged herself with a black silk scarf. Penebre called for an ambulance, but the paramedics were unable to do anything. Later Scott's body was removed from the building for autopsy, the blue-and-white medical examiner's van nudging its way through a gathering crowd of photographers.
As news of her death spread, Scott's friends were left reeling. No one had anticipated it. She had just returned from a holiday in Mustique. The night before her death, she'd held a dinner party for close friends. They were concerned about her – she seemed down, sightly troubled, perhaps – but there was no sign of what was going to happen, just hours later, in the same apartment.
The day after her death, Jagger, who was on tour with the Rolling Stones in Australia, issued a statement claiming he was "still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way"....