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Alexander McQueen commits suicide on eve of mother’s funeral


February 11, 2010/17.42

Designer Lee McQueen, better known by his label’s name of Alexander McQueen, has been found dead at his home, a victim of suicide.
   McQueen, 40, had found it difficult to come to terms with his mother’s passing on February 2. Her funeral was scheduled to take place tomorrow.
   His Twitter postings reflected his sombre mood after his February 3 announcement of his mother’s death.
   He was found hanged at his flat in Mayfair around 10.20 a.m. GMT today (February 11).
   The Metropolitan Police has said in a statement that McQueen’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
   His body was taken away from the flat before 5 p.m. GMT.
   His company’s website posted the message, ‘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.’
   One of McQueen’s earliest supporters, the magazine editor Isabella Blow, had taken her own life three years ago.
   The designer had come to most people’s attention after he succeeded John Galliano at Givenchy in 1996. He was later hired by the Gucci Group, joining the group in 2000. Gucci had bought a controlling stake in McQueen’s own label.
   McQueen had planned for a spectacular collection at Paris Fashion Week later this season.

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