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Alexander McQueen found dead

UPDATED: Designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead at his home.

The designer, who was born Lee Alexander McQueen, is reported to have hung himself on the eve of his mother’s funeral.

His death comes just days before the start of London Fashion Week and a month before he was to unveil his new collection at Paris Fashion Week. it was also the day his diffussion line McQ was due to show at New York Fashion Week. The show was subsequently cancelled.

The 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.”

Born in London’s East End, the son of a taxi driver, McQueen was one of fashion’s most respected and accomplished designers.

McQueen’s mother passed away earlier this month.



Readers' comments (3)

  • Hannah Lawson

    What a sad loss for the fashion world. An incredible designer!

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  • Wow what a shock, although I did'nt know him personnally, I respected him as a creative person like myself, apart from he got more lucky breaks in his career then most of us did.

    I think fashion is a horrible business to be in, and extremely tough to cope with the demending work loads put upon us, its only clothes for god sake, this all contributed to his death I think, in this little messed up, over populated country of ours, with a government and MP's who only care about themselves! we need to learn to slow down and enjoy life more, like they do in main land europe, life is short and we all take people for granted and never have enough time to really care for the people we love.
    Goodbye Alexander, you will be missed, but dont worry there is someone waiting to step into your shoes already!

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  • Ruth Hawcroft

    Sad news for such an inspirational designer to whom many looked up too as an icon trully shaping todays' fashion industry. Best wishes to all of his family.

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