Alexander McQueen found dead in his home

by Grant Osborne, 11th February, 2010

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead in his home this morning. He was 40 years old.

Alexander McQueen, born Lee McQueen in 1969, began his fashion career at 16 as an apprentice in Savile Row tailors Anderson and Shepherd. After working at Koji Tatsuno and Romeo Gigli, McQueen took over from John Galiano as Givenchy's head designer where he stayed until 2001. McQueen's first fragrance, Kingdom, was launched in 2003, followed by MyQueen in 2005.

A statement from his company 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."

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    • Kevin Guyer | 11th February 2010 17:46

      Absolutely devastating news. It seems to have been a suicide. He had so much going for him, what happened?

    • moreda | 11th February 2010 17:51


      one of the best modern designers .

      may he rest in peace!

    • PawelL | 11th February 2010 18:44

      Rest In Peace, Alexander

    • Candy Perfume Boy | 11th February 2010 18:55

      I am completely shocked, Alexander McQueen was THE best British Designer and one of the very best in the world. It is sad to think that he is no longer with us.

    • Kevin Guyer | 11th February 2010 19:06

      It's hard to grasp such a final decision as suicide.

    • Eva Pasco | 11th February 2010 19:29

      May Alexander McQueen rest in peace; may his legendary fragrances live on as a tribute to his creativity.

    • the_good_life | 11th February 2010 20:50

      A troubled, brilliant mind. I think he never did get over the suicide of Isabella Blow. Now his mum. Sad this was the only way for him to find peace.

    • Nymphaea | 11th February 2010 21:15

      Oh, this is sad is immensely tragic to hear about someone talented and young being engulfed in so much depression that they would actually kill themselves. How could this happen?

    • asingleman | 11th February 2010 22:27

      terrible terrible tragedy... I'm just stunned...

    • dmitri99 | 12th February 2010 01:35

      i'm sorry, i'm in the us, how do we know it was a suicide?

    • maia4u | 12th February 2010 04:14

      Such a drama .RIP .

    • dmitri99 | 12th February 2010 13:29

      thanks sophywt. he was a very talented guy.

    • Primrose | 12th February 2010 17:49

      I was sad to hear of the suicide. His creations were very cutting edge and innovative. I adore Kindgom. I was saddened, as the silver Kingdom flacon has a prominent place in my collection---with its silver dome and heart-shaped glass...

    • alistair | 13th February 2010 02:35

      RIP and God Bless. A great loss for the world of fashion and fine fragrance. We loved reading about him in our local newspapers down under in Sydney Australia. His images were always so fantastical. What a character!:cry:


      + Christopher Hanlon Sydney

      'Australia's first Perfumer'

    • lightgreen22 | 14th February 2010 02:32

      I'll be buying ALL of the fashion magazines next month to see if they comment on this sad event

    • Nymphaea | 23rd February 2010 22:00

      If there was ever a sign that ‘fashion trends’ are an empty and anemic pursuit, the tragic death of Lee McQueen could be a warning light to those who focus on this never-ending, hollow quest for any lasting happiness and contentment from it