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 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:
Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L'Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace
News of her death led to a flurry of tributes on Twitter from stars from many walks of life:
Such sad news. Our condolences are with L’Wren’s family and friends: http://t.co/FOVbsxNoZm
Devastated to have lost my friend L'wren. @lwrenscott Rest in peace my dear I'm gonna miss you. Condolences to all that were close to her.
Rest in peace, L'Wren Scott. You'll forever be missed.
Just got news of the beautiful L'wren Scott's death perhaps by her own hand. I am devastated. A rare, wonderful, talented soul. Goodbye.
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.
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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