Rolling Stones Defer Australia, NZ Tour After L'Wren Scott Death

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Feb. 16, 2012 file photo shows singer Mick Jagger, right, with designer L’Wren Scott after her Fall 2012 collection was modeled during Fashion Week, in New York.Credit: AP

The Rolling Stones are putting off their tour of Australia and New Zealand scheduled for this week after the death of lead singer Mick Jagger's girlfriend, the fashion designer L'Wren Scott.

Scott's body was discovered hanging in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, in what police have called an apparent suicide. That very day Jagger had arrived in Australia to start the tour, which had been sold out. The first concert was supposed to take place in Perth on Wednesday night.

Jagger, 70, and Scott, 49, had been together since 2001.

"The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 On Fire tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L'Wren Scott," the band said in a statement on their website. "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."

No alternative dates have been provided for the tour. Fans who hold tickets have been told to keep an eye on announcements of new scheduling.

The Rolling Stones band was founded in 1962, in London and became popular in the United States within two years. Not many bands can celebrate a golden anniversary, but not only can this one, it's still touring around the world. The Stones are expected to come to Israel this June.

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