L'Wren Scott Was Preparing to Announce Business Closure Wednesday

The fashion community has been reeling in the wake of L'Wren Scott's tragic death earlier this week. As those who knew her continue the struggle to make sense of her apparent suicide, new information has surfaced supposedly confirming the rumors that her business was in deep financial trouble: Scott allegedly planned to announce the closure of her business this Wednesday, two days after her death.

According to Scott's close friend and former New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, "Scott was planning to announce the shuttering of her namesake 8 year-old company on Wednesday, just two days after an assistant found her hanging from a doorknob in her Manhattan apartment." Horyn penned a touching tribute to Scott for the New York Times, in which she describes the late designer as a very private women.

Horyn learned of Scott's decision to close her business after Scott had already passed. She confirmed the reports that the L'Wren Scott empire was in trouble, but asserted that readers should not conclude this was the reason for her possible suicide. "[S]he was planning to close her business, with an announcement, on Wednesday," Horyn wrote, "Still, as painful as the decision must have been for her, I wouldn't draw any conclusions from it about her state of mind."

Scott's friends had been concerned about her health and well-being for awhile, but not to the point that Horyn or anyone else suspected she might end her life. "Her death is inexplicable to me," Horyn wrote, "It makes me angry." L'Wren Scott was rumored to have been in debt for six million dollars at the time of her passing.

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Scott, who dated Rolling Stones lead vocalist Mick Jagger for over a decade, began her career as a model before then becoming a stylist and, finally, a designer. Her dresses were featured often on the red carpet, worn by famous fans such as Nicole Kidman and Christina Hendricks.