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Fashion designer Alexander McQueen dead at 40

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead at his London home on Thursday 11 February 2010   © ALFRED/SIPA - Fashion designer Alexander McQueen dead at 40
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead at his London home on Thursday 11 February 2010 © ALFRED/SIPA
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead at his home in London just days before the start of London Fashion Week. He was 40.

Police said that his death is not being treated as suspicious, but have not yet released a cause.

In a statement released to the media, McQueen’s company confirmed that the designer, whose given name was Lee, was discovered this morning at his London home. 

“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."

Just over a week ago, McQueen posted on his Twitter page that his mother had passed away. A few days later, he wrote that it had been a rough week, but that his friends had been wonderful.

One of the most respected and influential fashion designers in the world, McQueen was named British Designer of the Year four times between 1996 and 2003, and was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2003. He had also been named the international designer of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

McQueen was due to unveil his new collection next month at Paris fashion week.




  

Samantha Fields
2010/02/15
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