Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide, Found Dead
World-renowned fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead today (Thursday February 11) in his Mayfair London flat. Reports from UK Daily Mail state that it appears McQueen has committed suicide. Police were called to the premises of his six-storey London flat after a call was made at 10:20am reporting a man was dead. First reports claim that McQueen appears to have hung himself.
McQueen's death is being treated as non suspicious and an inquiry will take place in the coming days. The iconic fashion designer appears to have taken his life days after the death of his own mother, Joyce. McQueen also lost a close friend to suicide three years ago. His friend, Isabella Blow, was one of the formative people in the early stages of his career who helped him become a star. Alexander McQueen and Lady GaGa have also collaborated recently with GaGa wearing many of his designs in her "Bad Romance" music video. McQueen's "Monster shoes" were featured in the video.
His design company said in a statement: 'On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand, has been found dead at his home.
'At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family.
'Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.'
McQueen was christened Lee, but used his middle name Alexander for his label. The 40-year-old iconic fashion designer was set to debut new designs at the prominent London Fashion Week set to begin next week. His McQ line was supposed to be shown at New York Fashion week this afternoon.
He leaves behind is spouse and film-maker, George Forsyth, close friend Kate Moss, among many loved ones. McQueen was noticeably shaken by the death of his mother and his Twitter posts revealed he was suffering with the news. By the beginning of this week, however, it looked like McQueen was trying to move forwards. The fashion world is undoubtedly shaken up over this tragic news, and many people involved in the industry are already sharing a few words about the truly talented man that was McQueen:
Sue Whiteley his former CEO at McQueen said: 'This is devastating news. He was an unforgettable part of my life. He was a talent who was beyond others. People who worked with him would give 100 per cent and more because he was totally inspiring. This is an unimaginable loss for the fashion world