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Jagger struggling with  loss as Stones set to go
On the move: Drummer Charlie Watts leaves the Hyatt Regency. Picture: Seven News

Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmates were last night said to be preparing to fly out of Perth in the wake of the death of the frontman's girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott.

Drummer Charlie Watts was seen last night being driven out of the underground carpark of the Hyatt Regency hotel, where it is believed the rest of the Stones were also staying.

But Jagger has not been spotted since leaving Coco's Restaurant in South Perth on Monday night, when he learnt of Scott's suspected suicide.

Members of the Stones' entourage and one of the tour's promoters, Frontier Touring's Michael Gudinski, were also seen leaving the Hyatt yesterday afternoon, followed shortly after by Watts' granddaughter Charlotte.

The band were meant to perform to a sellout Perth Arena last night but instead ground crew were spotted on the Perth Airport tarmac and boarding stairs were moved to the group's private jet - then later taken away - leading to speculation the Stones were about to fly out.

Scott, 49, whose designs were worn by some of Hollywood's biggest stars, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on Monday night Perth time.

Britain's Daily Mail reported Jagger was so distraught at the loss of his partner of 13 years he had not slept, could barely speak and was being monitored by his entourage, including medical professionals and his daughters Elizabeth and Georgia May.

Jagger reportedly considered flying to New York immediately after hearing the news but was not ready to face the attention.

Jagger broke his silence on Scott's death early yesterday, posting on his personal Facebook page that he was "still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way".

"We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves," he wrote. "She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her and the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her."

Frontier confirmed yesterday the rest of the Stones' Australia and New Zealand tour had been postponed. Fans were told to hold on to their tickets but those wanting refunds could get them from ticketing agencies.

There was no official word on rescheduled tour dates but October was considered the earliest the band could return.

The circumstances surrounding Scott's death have been the subject of speculation for days, with initial reports of a split which Jagger strongly denied. Rather, Scott was said to have been planning to visit Jagger during the Australian tour.

If someone you know is contemplating suicide, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

The West Australian

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