L’Wren Scott’s Death Ruled a Suicide

A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office said Wednesday the official cause of the designer's death was hanging.

A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office said Wednesday the official cause of L’Wren Scott’s death was hanging and the form of death was suicide.

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The spokeswoman declined comment when asked if additional tests would be done, noting that such information is not something the office would ever comment on.

Scott killed herself Monday in her apartment at 200 Eleventh Avenue, an Annabelle Selldorf-designed luxury tower where Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban also have an apartment. The designer’s assistant, Brittany Penebre, found her body with a scarf around her neck tied to a door knob that morning, after receiving a text from Scott telling her to stop by. There was no sign of criminality or forced entry. Police sources declined to comment Wednesday about a published report that indicated Scott had also used a necktie.

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A Scott spokesman declined comment about a blog posted by Cathy Horyn on The New York Times’ Web site that claimed the designer had planned to announce Wednesday that she was closing her company. He also said there would be no further comment about Scott’s business, which was launched in 2006.

A source said that Scott’s chief business, LS Fashion LLC, is registered as an American company. The size of Scott’s total business could not be learned, however. While filings for Scott’s company at Companies House in London showed her firm lost 4.24 million euros, or $5.9 million at current exchange, in 2012, the source confirmed that figure applies only to the U.K. portion of her business. No revenue figure was filed by Scott’s company. The source said the minimum revenue threshold for filing a profit/loss account at Companies House is 6.5 million pounds, or $10.8 million, so Scott was clearly taking in less than that in the U.K. because she was not compelled to file one.

The source pointed out that her company’s loss was increasing over the years, but called Scott “highly credit worthy” because of her name, her reputation and her boyfriend Mick Jagger and said she would have had no trouble raising additional capital to fund her company.

An executive at new e-commerce site TinkerTailor.com who requested anonymity said that she had met with Scott’s team two weeks ago to finalize plans for a collaboration. The fact that the designer was not present did not ring any alarm bells since that is typical for a sales meeting. The e-tailer said she was also not at all concerned that there was not a complete collection to be shown, since the two parties planned to offer customized designs to online shoppers.

“There was no sign of anything being less than perfect or how it should be at that time,” she said. “They were excited about the collaboration and about their own collection.” The collaboration will not go forward.