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Mick Jagger on death of girlfriend, designer L'Wren Scott: 'I will never forget her'

March 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM ET

Video: The Rolling Stones frontman posted a touching tribute on Facebook to his late girlfriend, acclaimed fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who died an apparent suicide. He wrote that he is still “struggling to understand” how she could “end her life in this tragic way.”

Rocker Mick Jagger, who was the longtime boyfriend of high-end designer L'Wren Scott — who died in an apparent suicide on Monday — released a statement on Tuesday, mourning 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 his website. "We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger attend the private view of 'The Suzy Menkes Collection: In My Fashion' at Christie's on...
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The late fashion designer and stylist L'Wren Scott, shown with Mick Jagger at "The Suzy Menkes Collection: In My Fashion" at Christie's on July 11, 2013 in London.

Jagger also acknowledged the public's outpouring of support, thanking fans: "I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her."

Overnight Monday, the Rolling Stones canceled their Wednesday show in Perth, Australia.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25:  L'Wren Scott attends the 29th Annual Fashion Group International Night Of Stars at Cipriani Wall Street on October 25, 201...
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L'Wren Scott is shown at the 29th Annual Fashion Group International Night Of Stars Oct. 25, 2012 in New York City.

The 49-year-old designer was found hanging in her apartment around 10 a.m. Monday morning. No foul play is suspected, and police were seen taking her computer out of her building. Last month she canceled a fashion show in London, citing production delays.

As the police continue their investigation surrounding her death, reports are surfacing that Scott's fashion company had been in debt. Accounts filed by LS Fashion Ltd. in London show the company run by Scott had liabilities that exceeded assets by 4.24 million euros ($5.9 million) as of Dec. 31, 2012, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. 

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. 

A Hollywood figure
Numerous high-level actresses have worn Scott's sleek, figure-flattering dresses at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Scott also had an exclusive holiday collection for women at Banana Republic and collaborated with Lancome on a lipstick. 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Actress Nicole Kidman arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California...
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Actress Nicole Kidman, in a L'Wren Scott design, at the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2013.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13:  Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 ...
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Tina Fey wears L'Wren Scott at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 13, 2013.

In a statement Monday, Madonna wrote "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." 

The 6-foot-4 designer was raised in Utah as the adopted child of a Mormon family before moving to Paris at 18 to work as a model, stylist and designer. 

"In Paris no one was more obsessed than I was with what was going on behind the scenes," Scott told Harper's Bazaar in 2011. "I became friendly with the patternmakers and obsessed with how clothes are made. After working with clothes for so long, it seemed right to design them."

In 2006, she launched her own fashion label and went on to design dresses that were worn by A-list Hollywood actresses as well as Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and other notable women. 

Both stars and fashion lovers particularly appreciated her attention to crafting clothing for the female figure, a priority for the accomplished designer.

"I've never met a woman who thinks they've got a good enough figure — however perfect they look — which is sad, because no one else can see these perceived flaws; they're entirely internal,” Scott told the U.K. Telegraph in 2011 regarding her fitted-though-comfortable attire. "We left corsets behind in the dark ages, so why bring them back now?"

Numerous celebrities and fashion industry leaders publicly mourned the death of the designer. 

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of L'Wren Scott," Anna Wintour said in a statement to Vogue. "L'Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style."

Video: New details emerge about the apparent suicide of famed designer L’Wren Scott, Mick Jagger’s long-time girlfriend, as the Rolling Stones put their Australian tour on hold. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

The Associated Press and TODAY's Scott Stump contributed to this report.

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