Designer found dead at home days before London Fashion Week
Fashion and jewellery designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead at his London home this morning. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
The death of the 40-year-old designer, whose real name is Lee McQueen, comes as a blow to the British fashion industry just days before London Fashion Week. McQueen was been due to unveil new collections at Paris Fashion Week in a few weeks.
In a statement, McQueen’s office said: “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.”
McQueen designed his own line of jewellery, which is stocked at retailers including Harrods and My-Wardrobe.com. McQueen also worked closely with his friend UK jewellery designer Shaun Leane, who created McQueen’s catwalk jewellery.
McQueen was deeply affected by the death of his close friend Isabella Blow, who is credited with bringing him to the limelight, when she took her own life three years ago.