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"Work pressures" contributed to Lee Alexander McQueen suicide

The inquest into the death of Lee Alexander McQueen recorded an official verdict of suicide this morning, citing “immense work pressures” as having contributed to the designer’s decision to take his own life.

According to reports, Westminster Coroner Dr Paul Knapman said the designer had “killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed”.

The coroner found traces of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilizers in blood samples taken from McQueen following his death.

The inquest, at Westminster Coroner’s Court heard that McQueen was under immense work pressure and was “overwhelmed with grief” at the loss of his mother, according to the BBC.

McQueen had been diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder, according to his psychiatrist Dr Stephen Pereira. The inquest also heard that he had attempted suicide before.

McQueen was found hanged at his flat in Mayfair, London, on February 11, the day before the funeral of his mother, Joyce.

Pereira told the court: “[McQueen] certainly felt very pressured by his work, but it was a double-edged sword. He felt it was the only area of his life where he felt he had achieved something.”

“Usually after a show he felt a huge come-down. He felt isolated, it gave him a huge low.”

He added that the impact of his mother’s death had played a part.

“He had been particularly close to his mother and following her death had become overwhelmed with grief,” said Pereira.

A postmortem examination had recorded the two causes of death to be asphyxia and hanging.

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