Jagger mourns girlfriend Scott at private LA funeral
By Michael Thurston, AFP
March 27, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- A grieving Mick Jagger bid farewell Tuesday to his fashion designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott, in a private funeral with family and celebrity friends a week after she killed herself.
Nicole Kidman, her husband musician Keith Urban and rocker Bryan Adams were among guests for the cremation service at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, media reports said.
Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart played guitar for a rendition of gospel hymn "Will the Circle be Unbroken," sung by veteran Rolling Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler, said the Rolling Stones frontman's spokesman.
Jagger, 70, who flew to Los Angeles to be close to his daughters last week after postponing a Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, arrived in a blacked-out SUV at the cemetery, closed for the day.
"A small private gathering of family and close friends attended a funeral service for L'Wren Scott today" at the Hollywood Forever Funeral Home, which is in the cemetery grounds, Jagger's spokesman said.
Scott, who committed suicide in New York last Monday, was cremated, spokesman Bernard Doherty told AFP after the ceremony.
The roughly hour-long service with blessings and prayers included "memories and words of tribute" from Jagger and Scott's brother Randy Bambrough, he said in a statement.
Also there were talent agent Justinian Kfoury, costume designer Ira M. Hammons-Glass and Adam Glassman, creative director of Oprah Winfrey's magazine O, the Oprah Magazine.
Poems were read by Jagger's daughter Karis, as well as actress Ellen Barkin. Another daughter, Jade, read Psalm 139, and the rocker's grandchildren, Mazie and Zak, read Psalm 23 — "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing."
Karis lives in Los Angeles, while Jagger's other daughters Elizabeth and Georgia May have also been staying in town to comfort him, according to media reports.
The service was held amid tight security at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place to generations of celebrities including Jayne Mansfield, Cecil B DeMille, Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks.
Jagger had been with Scott for 13 years. The model-turned-fashion designer was 49. Last Wednesday a coroner confirmed that Scott had hanged herself.
The 70-year-old singer has not been seen in public since hearing the tragic news, but in a blog post on his website a day after Scott was found dead he described her as not only his lover but his best friend.
"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," he wrote under a post entitled "L'Wren," featuring a black and white photo of Scott.
"I will never forget her." Last week a spokesman for the late fashion designer hit back at suggestions that her business was in financial trouble before her suicide.
Scott's label LS Fashion Ltd. reported losses of US$5.9 million as of Dec. 31, 2012 according to accounts lodged with Britain's Companies House in October obtained by AFP.
But a spokesman for Scott insisted the company's prospects were good, saying: "Although some areas of the business had not yet reached their potential, other parts of her business were proving successful."