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Though the New York medical examiner’s office has yet to release L’Wren Scott‘s official cause of death, information that could help piece together details surrounding her sudden, shocking apparent suicide are beginning to bubble up within the fashion community.
According to a tribute former New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn posted on her ex-employer’s website late Tuesday, Scott was planning to announce the shuttering of her eponymous 8-year-old company on Wednesday, just two days after an assistant found her hanging from a doorknob in her Manhattan apartment.
TRIBUTE: Remembering L’Wren Scott: Original, Strong and Brave
“I learned since her death that she was planning to close her business, with an announcement, on Wednesday,” penned Horyn, who left the Times in late January after 15 years. “Still, as painful as the decision must have been for her, I wouldn’t draw any conclusions from it about her state of mind.”
The longtime critic, who was a close friend of the late model-turned-stylist-turned-designer, confirms reports that the clothier’s business was indeed in trouble and had been for some time, with unsolicited advice on the ailing company straining the pair’s friendship back in 2012.
“I told her she should give herself time to resolve matters or get out. Putting her health in jeopardy because of stress was not worth it, I told her.”
STORY: Fashion Indisers React to L’Wren Scott Suicide
After Horyn’s partner Art Ortenberg died in early February, Scott was the first to offer her condolences. But the fashion journalist says that by midmonth, the designer sounded “run-down and discouraged.”
Horyn again “urged her to put her health first.”
According to the tribute, Scott’s friends were incredibly concerned as of late. But, says Horyn, not to the point of expecting her to end her life.
“Her death is inexplicable to me,” she writes in the touching piece, which regales readers with stories of an intimate at-home Thanksgiving dinner party in 2006 and speaks of the designer’s fierce self-determination, which always seemed to be achieved with triumphant results. “It makes me angry.”
Read Horyn’s full New York Times tribute here.
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