The New York City medical examiner's office announced Wednesday that L'Wren Scott's death had been ruled a suicide by hanging, and that her remains had been claimed Credit: Donato Sardella/

L'Wren Scott's cause of death is official. The famed fashion designer, who was found in her New York City apartment on Monday, March 17, killed herself by "hanging," New York City's chief medical examiner's office announced Wednesday, March 19.

"The manner of death was determined to be suicide," Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the office, told CNN. According to Bolcer, Scott's remains had been claimed; she did not specify by whom.

The medical examiner's ruling confirms what was assumed after the former model was found dead by her assistant on Monday. A write-up of her life in the New York Times by former Times fashion critic and longtime pal Cathy Horyn suggests Scott had struggled financially and professionally before her death, though no one who knew her (including, it seems, boyfriend Mick Jagger) realized how much.

Horyn revealed that Scott was planning to close her business, with an announcement on Wednesday, March 19. She added, however, that "as painful as the decision must have been for her, I wouldn't draw any conclusions from it about her state of mind."

"She was with friends on Sunday night, and, yes, they were deeply concerned about her, but, no, they didn't think she would do something so desperate," Horyn wrote in the Times. "Not L'Wren."