The Rolling Stones show support for Mick Jagger following death of L'Wren Scott

Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts release statement after apparent suicide of frontman's girlfriend on Monday (March 17)

Mick Jagger's bandmates in The Rolling Stones have shown their support for the frontman following the death of his partner L'Wren Scott earlier this week.

Keith Richards expressed his shock at the news of Scott's apparent suicide on Monday (March 17), in a statement given to Billboard.

"No-one saw this coming," said guitarist Richards. "Mick's always been my soul brother and we love him… we're thick as thieves and we're all feeling for the man."

"This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time," added Ronnie Wood. "Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can."

Meanwhile, drummer Charlie Watts echoed the need to be there for his friend. "Needless to say we are all completely shocked, but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time," he said.

The Rolling Stones postponed the rest of their 14 On Fire tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of Scott. The band plan to reschedule the dates. A list of the dates affected by the postponement can be found here. Promoters urge fans with tickets to hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled shows.

Jagger released his own statement following the news of Scott's death in which said he was "struggling" to understand what had happened and that he had been "touched" by tributes and messages of support he has received.

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