Alexander McQueen Dead: Fashion Designer Commits Suicide At Age 40
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.”
Lee Alexander McQueen, the son of a taxi driver, was born in East London in 1969. He apprenticed on Savile Row as a teenager before attending Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It was his graduation collection that caught the eye of stylist Isabella Blow. The two became remained close friends until Blow committed suicide in May, 2007.