L’Wren Scott, 49, a famous fashion designer and long-time American girlfriend of the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, was discovered dead at her New York apartment on Monday.

The former model was found hanged by the New York fire department when called to investigate a possible cardiac arrest.

Jagger, 70.who had been dating Scott since 2001 following his split from his second wife, Texan model Jerry Hall was said to be devastated.

Besides being famed for her relationship with Jagger, Scott was a top designer whose clothes were the rage with Hollywood stars, as well as First Lady, Michelle Obama.

New York police said Scott was found dead at 200 11th Avenue, a block of luxury apartments in Chelsea,. On their arrival, police officers discovered her unconscious and unresponsive. “She was pronounced dead on arrival. The investigation is ongoing. The medical examiners will determine the cause of death” a police spokesperson said.

Scott had canceled her show at the London Fashion Week because of production delays, but there were no signs of anything else being wrong.

Jagger’s first wife Bianca was the first among the celebrities to express their shock and grief when she said, “Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L’Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family,” she tweeted. Pop superstar Madonna called her death “a horrible and tragic loss” and New York designer Marc Jacobs wrote: “You’ll forever be missed.”

Scott modeled in Paris before going into fashion designing. She moved to Los Angeles, where she began as a costume designer before starting her own fashion brand.

From fashion apparel she moved into shoes, handbags, eyewear and other and accessories for women to find top shops around the world.

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