Mick Jagger says in a poignant message posted to his website that he is struggling to understand the death of his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, and vows he will never forget her.
Scott died Monday of an apparent suicide. A law enforcement official said her assistant found her hanging from a doorknob inside an apartment in Chelsea. No note was found and there was no sign of foul play.
Jagger, who canceled a concert in Australia to fly to New York after Scott's death, said the couple had spent many wonderful years together and made a great life for themselves.
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Calling Scott his "lover and best friend," he paid tribute to her talent as a designer, and what he called her "great presence."
He ended his message by saying: "I will never forget her."
The band said later that it had called off additional tour dates in Australia and New Zealand.
Scott, a Utah native, first worked in Paris as a model and then moved to Los Angeles to become a stylist, her website says.
Her first collection launched in 2006, titled "Little Black Dress." She has dressed stars including Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman, and designed the dress that Oprah Winfrey wore for her finale episode.
Scott canceled her London Fashion Week show last month, due to reported production delays.