British fashion icon Alexander McQueen has committed suicide
Celebrated British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has committed suicide.
Reports are coming in from Sky News that McQueen was found hanged in his flat in central London. According to them, the designer had been suffering from depression following the death of his mother earlier this month. A series of messages on his Twitter account have increased speculation about his state of mind.
A statement from the 40-year-old fashion icon’s press office confirmed his death today: ‘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.’
The statement continues: ‘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.’
His death comes just days after his mother Joyce died, and shortly before he would show his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week.
A much-loved member of the British fashion industry, McQueen was awarded a CBE and was named named British Designer of the Year four times between 1996 and 2003.