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Designer L'Wren Scott found dead 'in apparent suicide'

Fashion designer L'Wren Scott at the British Fashion Awards in December 2013. Photo: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Fashion designer L'Wren Scott was found dead at a Manhattan apartment this morning in an apparent suicide, New York police said

Her partner, The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was said to be "completely shocked and devastated" following her death.

Police said a 49-year-old female was found "unconscious and unresponsive" in an apartment building and was "pronounced dead on arrival by the emergency medical services".

"We are investigating it as a suicide," Detective Kelly Ort of the New York Police Department said.

A lone bouquet of flowers sits on the ground outside the Manhattan apartment building. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A spokesman for the fashion designer said tonight:

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.

One of the first to offer their thoughts and prayers to Scott's family was Bianca Jagger, Mick Jagger's first wife:

News of her death led to a flurry of tributes on Twitter from stars from many walks of life:

A spokesman said the British Fashion Council was "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", he added.

Police officers stand guard outside the apartment building where L'Wren Scott was found dead. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Scott, born Laura "Luann" Bambrough, was raised in Utah by adoptive parents and 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. As a model in Paris, Scott became more interested in making clothes than modeling them.

After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a stylist and designed privately before creating her own collection.

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