Posted with permission from Toronto Star
Prior to her death Monday from an apparent suicide, fashion designer L'Wren Scott had been planning to announce she was closing up her LS Fashion business.
As we learned Tuesday, L'Wren, who had been dating Mick Jagger for 13 years, was in dire financial straits , owing million of dollars.
In a New York Times article headlined, "Memories of a friend, a teacher and a fighter," Cathy Horyn writes that L'Wren sounded "run down and discouraged" over problems with her business when they spoke in February.
Cathy continues: "I sent her text on March 12, checking in. She didn't reply, but that wasn't unusual. I learned since her death that she was planning to close her business, with an announcement on Wednesday. Still, as painful as the decision must have been for her, I wouldn't draw any conclusions from it about her state of mind. Nor should any credence be given to reports of a breakup with Mick. It's rubbish.
She was with friends on Sunday night, and, yes, they were deeply concerned about her, but, no, they didn't think she would do something so desperate. Not L'Wren."
According to The Mirror , Mick Jagger had helped L'Wren financially in the past: "Jagger, worth £200million, helped her out repeatedly after her business spiralled into massive debts and friends of the singer said he was 'hugely supportive' of her fashion aspirations."
The Mirror also reports that an unnamed "pal" has this to say about Mick: "He didn't sleep after being told the news. How could you? Like anyone, he is wrestling with how it happened and if he could have prevented it. Of course, there is nothing he could have done but that doesn't stop him feeling utterly tormented by the turn of events. Every waking moment he's been thinking of their last hours and days together and if he could have spotted any warning signs. It's all terribly sad."
Tuesday, Mick posted on Facebook : "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. 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. 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, Mick."
In the wake of L'Wren's death, the Rolling Stones cancelled their tour of Australia and New Zealand.