ROLLING Stones frontman Mick Jagger has posted a touching tribute to his girlfriend L'Wren Scott, saying he is 'struggling to understand' the fashion designer's death.
Jagger, was reportedly heading back to New York after the Stones postponed all dates on their Australia and New Zealand tour, described 49-year-old Scott 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,'' Jagger wrote.
"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,'' the 70-year-old singer said.
Scott was found dead at her luxury apartment in New York after a suspected suicide.
The couple - who were 21 years apart in age - had been dating for more than a decade.
The tribute comes as Jagger's spokesman angrily dismissed reports in the New York Post which claimed he had split up with Scott recently.
"This is a complete and utter fabrication and a result of ill-informed gossip at this tragic time for Mick. It is absurd and not true," Jagger spokesman Bernard Doherty said.
New York coroners will perform an autopsy on Scott's body today to pinpoint the precise of cause of death.
AFP reported that Scott's business had large debts at the time of her apparent suicide, with millions in losses in 2011 and 2012.
The Stones' posted a message on Facebook postponing its Australian and New Zealand tour yesterday.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement.
The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule these postponed shows at a later date.
The postponed shows are:
Perth Arena - 19 March - postponed
Adelaide Oval - 22 March - postponed
Sydney Allphones Arena - 25 March - postponed
Melbourne Rod Laver Arena - 28 March - postponed
Macedon Ranges Hanging Rock - 30 March - postponed
Brisbane Entertainment Centre - 2 April - postponed
Auckland Mt Smart Stadium - 5 April - postponed
Australia/New Zealand promoters ask ticket holders to please hold on to their tickets until further notice.
A new schedule of dates is presently being worked on and will be advised as soon as possible.
Information will be made available via rollingstones.com and frontiertouring.com as soon as available.