L'Wren Scott: Tributes pour in as Jagger denies split report

L'Wren Scott had cancelled a fashion show she was due to attend recently, the BBC's David Willis says

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Tributes have poured in for fashion designer L'Wren Scott, discovered dead in her New York City flat in an apparent suicide.

Scott, who was believed to be 49, was found by her assistant at 10:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Monday.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and singer Madonna were among those who eulogized Scott.

Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger meanwhile hit out at a report that he had recently split from the designer.

Scott was found dead by her assistant 90 minutes after sending her a text message asking her to come to her Manhattan apartment without specifying why, reports the Associated Press news agency.

Police said there was no sign of foul play and no note was found.

'Total perfectionist'

Naomi Campbell said Scott was "the epitome of elegance and femininity".

Musician Mick Jagger (left) and designer L'Wren Scott appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 2 May 2011 Mick Jagger (left) and L'Wren Scott were together for 13 years

Anna Wintour described Scott as "a total perfectionist... always unbelievably generous, gracious, kind and so much fun."

She added: "Her old world American manners and charm were from another time, but her sensibility was always fiercely modern."

Madonna wrote in a statement: "This is a horrible and tragic loss. I'm so upset. I loved L'Wren's work and she was always so generous with me."

Actress Nicole Kidman, said to be a friend of many years, was "heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything", according to a spokeswoman.

Bianca Jagger, one of Sir Mick's former wives, tweeted: "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."

A spokesman for Sir Mick, 70, issued a statement late on Monday to deny a report that he had recently ended his relationship with Scott, whom he began dating in 2001.

"The story in the New York Post re a split between Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott is 100% untrue," said his spokeswoman, Victoria Scarfone.

"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."

The Rolling Stones singer, who is currently on tour with the band, said earlier he was "completely shocked and devastated" by her death.

The band are due to play in Perth, Western Australia, on Wednesday, though it is unclear if the performance will go ahead.

According to its last UK filing Scott's firm, LS Fashion Limited, owed creditors about $7.6m (£4.6m), as of 31 December 2012. It had assets of $1.7m.

Scott's death comes a month after she cancelled a show at London Fashion Week, saying production delays had left key pieces unready for the show.

Scott, born Luann Bambrough, was raised by Mormon adoptive parents in the US state of Utah.

She was said to be 6ft 3in (1.9m) tall, towering over her boyfriend.

Scott began her career as a model in Paris, then moved to Los Angeles to become a fashion stylist, according to a biography on her company's website.

She founded her own high-end fashion label in 2006 and created a more affordable line of clothes with Banana Republic.

Scott had dressed actresses such as Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie for red carpet events.

She was also a costume consultant for films such as Ocean's Thirteen and Eyes Wide Shut.

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