Mick Jagger paid tribute to his "lover and best friend" L’Wren Scott.
The Rolling Stones frontman admitted he is "struggling to understand" the tragic news that the fashion designer—who he was in a relationship with for 13 years—took her own life Monday, March 17.
Mick recalled their "wonderful" time together.
In a statement on his website entitled ’L’Wren’, he wrote: "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."
The 70-year-old rocker—who has seven children with four women—went on to say he felt "touched" by the tributes which have poured in for the 49-year-old stylist and pledged to "never forget" her.
He finished: "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"
The "Brown Sugar" hitmaker was in Australia for the Rolling Stones’ tour when the news was broken to him.
The first gig in the country, which was due to take place today, March 19, in Perth, has been cancelled.
TRIBUTES. Madonna, Anna Wintour, and other celebrities paid tribute to L’Wren Scott.
The singer and the iconic Vogue editor have joined many in remembering the stylist and fashion designer, who was found dead from apparent suicide at her home in New York.
Anna wrote on Vogue.com: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of L’Wren Scott. 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.
"In person, L’Wren was always unbelievably generous, gracious, kind, and so much fun. Her old world American manners and charm were from another time, but her sensibility was always fiercely modern. We will all miss her."
Expressing her grief at the designer’s passing at the age of 49, Madonna said: "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."
Others to pay tribute include model Naomi Campbell, who said: "I am deeply shocked and devastated by the news.
"L’Wren was someone I knew since I was 17. We travelled the world together many times. L’Wren was someone I always loved. She was the epitome of elegance and femininity yet still had a girlish quality.
"I will miss her honesty and I will miss her friendship. My heart goes out to Mick and all who loved her and were loved by her. May she rest in peace."
Pop singer Lily Allen wrote on Twitter: "I have just got off a plane and heard the sad news of L’Wrens passing. What a terrible tragedy, I’m in shock. I saw her at the hairdressers only the other day."
Bianca, the former wife of Mick Jagger, wrote on Twitter: "Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L’Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace."
Former model L’Wren was a sought-after stylist and her clothing brand was very popular among celebrities, with fans including Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, and Michelle Obama.
Khloe Kardashian—who had previously worn one of L’Wren’s designs to appear on the cover of Glamour magazine—exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Oh my god that’s horrible! When anyone passes away it’s so tragic and horrible. I just pray for her family."
Rocker turned photographer Bryan Adams, who was a friend of the designer, tweeted: "Devastated to have lost my friend L’wren. @lwrenscott Rest in peace my dear I’m gonna miss you. Condolences to all that were close to her."
Bette Midler wrote: "Just got news of the beautiful L’wren Scott’s death perhaps by her own hand. I am devastated. A rare, wonderful, talented soul. Goodbye."
Actress Olivia Wilde said: "L’wren Scott was brilliant, elegant, kind, and generous. S**t. My heart goes out to her loved ones. What a tragedy."
From the fashion world, designer and close friend Marc Jacobs wrote: "Rest in peace, L’Wren Scott. You’ll forever be missed."
SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE REMOVED. The late 49-year-old fashion designer’s accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have been removed following outrage when the pages continued to update after she was found hanged in an apparent suicide at her New York apartment.
Scheduled messages, including a picture of a tree, posted to her accounts an hour after L’Wren’s assistant found body, prompting her social media team to be branded "insensitive" and "disrespectful" for not blocking the updates.
It has been claimed that L’Wren was almost $6 million in debt when she died.
According to accounts for her business, LS Fashion LTD, which were filed in the UK in October 2013, the company was in trouble, with a deficit of $5,899,000 and the designer owing creditors $7,641,000.
Friends had also been worried about the former model—who reportedly refused offers of financial help from Mick—in recent weeks, as she had been "acting strangely" and not answering phone calls.
One source said: "They’ve known that something was going on, and it’s been going on for at least a week."