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Alexander McQueen found dead

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Fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead in his luxury London apartment at around 10am on Thursday February 11th, the Press Association reported. Paramedics arrived on the scene, but the 40-year-old was already pronounced dead. According to The Sun, McQueen was found hanged and the PA states that the event is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson confirmed the death of the icon, whose real first name was Lee, but said that no further statements will be issued in the meantime out of respect for McQueen’s family.

It is known that the designer was deeply affected by the recent death of his mother. Joyce, who died merely a week ago, was said to have had a very close relationship with her son and the tremendous impact of her death on McQueen is apparent from his posts on Twitter.

His designer company, also called Alexander McQueen issued a statement, saying: “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.“

McQueen was crowned British Designer of the Year 4 times in 7 years and was at the head of several influential labels including Givenchy. His death came just weeks before the icon was due to unveil a much-anticipated spring collection in Paris.

Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, reportedly stated: “Lee McQueen influenced a whole generation of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs. At one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern-day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over. His death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn’t.”

His fans include many of Hollywood’s greatest, including Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a McQueen creation to the premier of the Sex and the City movie. Talking to Channel 4 News, singer Katherine Jenkins commented: “He made women feel very sexy, his dresses were very feminine.“

Other stars who have recently met their arguably untimely death include Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy, heiress Casey Johnson and pop legend Michael Jackson.

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