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Stones' Australia tour in limbo after Jagger girlfriend dies

PERTH, Australia - The Rolling Stones on Tuesday cancelled the first gig of their Australian tour after the death of frontman Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott.

The veteran British band were due to play in Perth on Wednesday but the concert was cancelled after Scott, an American fashion designer to the stars, was discovered dead at her New York apartment.

Promoter Frontier Touring suggested that the gig could be rescheduled.

"No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available," it said in a brief statement without mentioning the rest of the tour.

Following a tour of Asia, the band arrived in Perth on their private plane on Monday for the sold-out 14 On Fire series of dates, which takes them across Australia and to New Zealand until April 5.

After Perth, they were due at the Adelaide Oval for an outdoor concert on Saturday. The venue usually hosts cricket matches and Jagger, a big fan of the sport, had been eagerly anticipating performing there.

Unconfirmed reports said the 70-year-old had flown back to New York. He and Scott, 49, had been dating since 2001 following his split from his second wife, Texan model Jerry Hall.

New York police said Scott was found dead at 200 11th Avenue, a block of luxury apartments in the Chelsea district, shortly after 10:00 am (1400 GMT) on Monday.

A spokesman for Jagger said he was "completely shocked and devastated" at the news, while his model daughter Georgia May pulled out of Melbourne Fashion Week.

AFP


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