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