Fashion designer Alexander McQueen has taken his own life at age 40. His office confirmed his death, saying: 'It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.' He was found at his home in London. The UK Sun reports that he hanged himself.
McQueen's mother Joyce died on February 2nd. The next day the grieving designer tweeted "i'm letting my followers know the my mother passed away yesterday if it she had not me nor would you RIP mumx." A minute later he added "but life must go on!" On Sunday he tweeted "sunday evening been a f****** awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together ..."
Anna Wintour reportedly left the BCBG show in a rush on Thursday morning after hearing the news. She later released a statement saying "He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen's influence was astonishing -- from street style, to music culture and the world's museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss."
McQueen's close friend Kate Moss issued a statement through her rep on Thursday: "Kate is shocked and devastated at the tragic loss of her dear friend Lee McQueen. Her thoughts are with his family at this sad time. We would also ask that Kate's privacy is respected."
McQueen's secondary line, McQ, was to be presented Thursday, the day of his death, as part of New York Fashion Week. KCD, the PR company handling the show, says the presentation is canceled.
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News of his passing sent shock waves through Bryant Park on the first day of New York Fashion Week. Read reactions from Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum and Fern Mallis here.
McQueen's store on West 14th Street in New York was was temporarily closed on Thursday morning. (See photo in slideshow below.)
From the Associated Press:
"Company spokeswoman Samantha Garrett said McQueen's body was found in the morning but that she had no information "in terms of circumstances."
Police did not directly comment when asked about how McQueen died, but said officers were called by the ambulance service at 10:20 a.m. (1020GMT) to an address on Green Street, in central London, and found a 40-year-old man dead. They did not name him but said next of kin had been informed."
The force said a post-mortem would be held but that the death was not being treated as suspicious.
McQueen's death came days before London Fashion Week, although he was not scheduled to show in the British capital.
McQueen was scheduled to present his latest collection on March 9th at Paris Fashion Week.
Source: Huffington Post