The death of fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the long-time girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger, was suicide, the New York City medical examiner's office has said .
An autopsy completed on the body of the 49-year-old found that she died of hanging, according to Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner.
L'Wren was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on March 17. Police said her assistant found her kneeling with a scarf wrapped around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door. There was no note.
The Stones cancelled their seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand in the wake of L'Wren's death. Sir Mick called her his "lover and best friend" in a Facebook tribute and said he was struggling to come to grips with her death.
His bandmates voiced their support for him during such a trying time.
Keith Richards said in a statement that "no one saw this coming" and that Jagger has "always been my soul brother and we love him".
"We're thick as thieves and we're all feeling for the man," he added.
Charlie Watts said the band's priority is the 70-year-old singer.
"Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time," he said. "We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible."
Ronnie Wood echoed Watts' statement. "This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time," he said. "Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can."
L'Wren had been Sir Mick's companion since 2001. The Rolling Stones frontman paid tribute to his girlfriend on his Facebook page writing, "I will never forget her".
"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 fashion label founded by L'Wren had been heavily in debt and was reportedly about to fold. Former New York Times fashion writer Cathy Horyn said in an essay on the paper's website that the designer had been planning to announce that she was closing her business.