Rolling Stones postpone tour after L'Wren Scott death
The Rolling Stones have postponed indefinitely their Auckland concert, set for April 5, after the girlfriend of frontman Mick Jagger was found dead in New York.
The group posted the news on their Facebook page this morning:
"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 band said.
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"We wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement."
Australian tour dates were also postponed.
Fashion designer L'Wren Scott was found dead in her US$6 million (NZ$7m) Manhattan apartment after reportedly being dumped by Jagger, her long-time boyfriend, and struggling to keep her company afloat.
Jagger, who arrived in Perth with his bandmates on Monday for the first leg of the Rolling Stones Australasian concert tour, was "completely shocked and devastated" by L'Wren's death.
The cancellation of the Perth concert was not a surprise, with Jagger expected to fly to New York to grieve with friends and family, although no official announcement about his movements has been made.
Reports from New York say Scott, 49, sent her assistant Brittany Penebre a text message at 8.30am on Monday asking her to come to her ninth floor Chelsea apartment at 10am, but when Penebre arrived, she found the designer dead.
The New York Medical Examiner's Office will determine a cause of death, but police sources said the initial investigation points to Scott taking her own life.
Her fashion empire was reportedly crumbling with a $US6 million debt and last month she cancelled her London Fashion Week show at the last minute.
Her 13-year relationship with Jagger, longer than his eight-year marriage to Bianca Jagger and nine years with Jerry Hall, ended recently when the Rolling Stones frontman dumped her, according to the New York Post.
Jagger's representative, however, said the couple "absolutely" was together when she died.
Australian actress Nicole Kidman, husband Keith Urban and their daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret, also have an apartment in the exclusive tower complex that allows owners to drive their car into a lift that takes them to their unit.
"Nicole and L'Wren were close friends for 25 years," Kidman's representative said.
"Nicole is heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything."
Utah-raised Scott dressed many of Hollywood's A-List, including Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Adams, but it was Kidman who was the most devoted, regularly choosing the designer for Oscar, Cannes Film Festival, and other red carpet events.
Scott, a former model turned Hollywood stylist who went on to build an empire producing gowns, handbags, sunglasses and fragrances, was 1.9 metres tall and towered over 1.78m Jagger.
She understood how to dress tall, thin frames like Kidman's.
Jagger's daughter, Georgia May, has pulled out of Melbourne Fashion Week.
The 22-year-old was due to showcase Camilla Franks' collection, but the Sydney-based designer announced the model would miss the event.
"We offer our sincere condolences to Ms Jagger and her family," the Camilla label said in a statement on Tuesday.
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