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Stones cancel show after death of Jagger's girlfriend

NEW YORK -- The Rolling Stones on Tuesday cancelled a show as a devastated Mick Jagger reportedly rushed to New York after his longtime girlfriend, American fashion designer to the stars L'Wren Scott, was found dead in her apartment.

Jagger was “completely shocked and devastated” by the death of the 49-year-old Scott, a spokesman for the rocker said. According to U.S. media, the former model was found hanged.

The Stones on Tuesday cancelled a concert in Perth, the first gig of their sold-out 14-gig Australian and New Zealand tour, as reports said that the 70-year-old Jagger had flown back to New York City.

Famous for her relationship with Jagger, Scott was also a hugely successful designer whose body-hugging and figure-flattering dresses were loved by Hollywood stars and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama alike.

Scott's family appealed for privacy, describing the death as “tragic.”

“At this devastating time for Ms. Scott's family and friends, we request that their privacy be respected,” a statement said.

“There will be no further public statement for the time being.”

New York police said Scott was found dead at 200 11th Avenue, a block of luxury apartments in Chelsea, shortly after 10:00 a.m. (1400 GMT).

“Upon arrival, officers discovered a 49-year-old female unconscious and unresponsive,” a spokeswoman told AFP.

“She was pronounced dead on arrival. The investigation is ongoing. The medical examiners will determine the cause of death.”

The autopsy is expected to take place on Tuesday.

Last month, Scott cancelled her show at London Fashion Week because of production delays, but there had been little public sign that anything more serious was wrong.

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This Feb. 16, 2012 file photo shows singer Mick Jagger, right, with designer L'Wren Scott after her Fall 2012 collection was modeled during Fashion Week in New York City. Scott, a fashion designer, was found dead in Manhattan on Monday, March 17, possibly due to suicide. (AP)

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