L'Wren Scott's social media profiles have been taken down.

The late 49-year-old fashion designer's accounts on twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been removed following outrage when the pages continued to update after she was found hanged in an apparent suicide at her New York apartment yesterday (17.03.14).

Scheduled messages, including a picture of a tree, posted to her accounts an hour after L'Wren's assistant found body, prompting her social media team to be branded ''insensitive'' and ''disrespectful'' for not blocking the updates.

It has been claimed that L'Wren - the long-term partner of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger - was almost $6 million in debt when she died.

According to accounts for her business, LS Fashion LTD, which were filed in the UK in October 2013, the company was in trouble, with a deficit of $5,899,000 and the designer owing creditors $7,641,000.

Friends had also been worried about the former model - who reportedly refused offers of financial help from Mick - in recent weeks, as she had been ''acting strangely'' and not answering phone calls.

One source said: ''They've known that something was going on, and it's been going on for at least a week.''