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Autopsy Confirms Fashion Designer L’Wren Scott’s Death Was Suicide

L'wren Scott in October 2012. (credit: Getty Images)

L’wren Scott in October 2012. (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An autopsy has confirmed that fashion designer L’Wren Scott’s death was a suicide, the New York City Medical Examiner’s office said Wednesday.

Scott, 49, was found dead in her Chelsea apartment Monday. No note was found and there was no sign of foul play, police said.

An autopsy on Scott was conducted on Tuesday. The Medical Examiner’s office ruled on Wednesday that her cause of death was hanging, and the manner of death was a suicide.

The designer had texted her assistant 90 minutes before she was found dead, and asked her to come to her apartment but didn’t say why. She was found kneeling with a scarf wrapped around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door, police said.

Scott was the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, who took to Facebook Tuesday to speak out about her death.

“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” Jagger wrote on Facebook. “We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had a great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support I have received. I will never forget her.”

The Rolling Stones have called off tour dates in Australia and New Zealand following Scott’s death.

For the past decade, Scott, 49, walked the red carpet as Jagger’s girlfriend while also designing the clothes for his tours and dressing celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams and Nicole Kidman.
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The company owned by Scott was heavily in debt at the time it filed its most recent accounts.

Accounts filed by LS Fashion Ltd. in London show the company had liabilities that exceeded assets by $5.9 million as of Dec. 31, 2012.

The company’s long and short-term debts totaled 6.75 million euros against assets, capital and reserves of 2.51 million euros, according to the accounts, which were filed in October.

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