Rolling Stones call off tour after L'Wren Scott death
By Michael Roddy and Patricia Reaney
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones called off their tour in Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday after lead singer Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott was found dead of an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment.
Scott, a 49-year-old fashion designer and former model, was found hanging from a scarf on Monday in a high-rise apartment building in the upscale Chelsea neighborhood.
Police are treating her death as a suicide and the medical examiner's office said tests to determine the exact cause of death were set for Tuesday.
"The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L'Wren Scott," the group said in a statement.
The group's Australian publicist asked fans to hold on to their tickets until an update was made. The group had been due to kick off a seven-concert Australia and New Zealand leg of their world tour on Wednesday in Perth in western Australia.
Jagger, 70, who had been dating Scott since 2001, said he had spent many wonderful years with the acclaimed designer.
"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," he said in a post on his official website, mickjagger.com. "She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."
Scott's publicist said funeral details had not been confirmed. Continued...