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UPDATED: The Rolling Stones have cancelled their Perth concert following the death of fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the girlfriend of  frontman Mick Jagger.

Scott, an American former model who regularly designed for celebrities including Nicole Kidman, had dated Jagger since 2001 following his split from wife Jerry Hall. She was found dead in her New York apartment at 10am Monday (local time).

Jagger is currently in Perth with The Rolling Stones On Fire national tour, which was due to begin on Wednesday, with a concert scheduled for Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The concert at the new Perth Arena was scheduled for Wednesday night.

In a statement posted on social media on Tuesday afternoon, organisers Frontier Touring said the first concert of the tour would not be going ahead.

“No further information is available at this time,” Frontier Touring said.

“Ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available.”

Ticket holders could check Frontier Touring’s website, and its Twitter and Facebook pages for updates, the company said.

“Please note no further comment is available at this time,” Frontier Touring said.

There was speculation chairman and founder Michael Gudinski was scrambling to secure a new date for the Perth gig, possibly returning west after playing the scheduled concerts on the east coast.

Earlier, Jagger’s spokesman said the singer was “completely shocked and devastated” by the news of his girlfriend’s death.

Scott’s body was found in her New York apartment on Monday and US police are understood not to suspect foul play.

“A 49-year-old female was found this morning at 10.05am at 200 11th Avenue. She was unconscious,” a spokeswoman for New York City Police Department said.

“She was pronounced dead on arrival by the emergency medical services.

“The investigation is ongoing. We are awaiting medical examiners to determine the cause of death.”

The US media are reporting the fashion designer took her own life but say no note was found at the scene.

Media gather outside L'Wren Scott's Manhattan apartment building. AFP Photo

Media gather outside L’Wren Scott’s Manhattan apartment building. AFP Photo

The Utah-born Scott had her own fashion label popular with celebrities.

She was a fixture on Jagger’s arm and, at around 1.9 metres tall, towered over her famous boyfriend.

She founded her high-end label in 2006 and recently created a more affordable line of clothes with Banana Republic.

On the red carpet, she has dressed stars like Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie.

Just last month she cancelled her London Fashion Week show due to reported production delays.

Makeup artist Bobbi Brown collaborated with Scott last month on a cosmetics line called the Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Collection.

“I am devastated by the tragic news about L’Wren,” Brown said on her website.

“She was a visionary designer who I very much enjoyed working with, but she was also smart and kind. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to her loved ones during this very sad time.”

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– Agencies

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