A spokeswoman for iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 40, says that he has been found dead at his London home, after apparently committing suicide.
Samantha Garrett, communications director for his company, Alexander McQueen, told the Associated Press his body was found this morning, adding, “we don’t have any information in terms of circumstances.”
His company, 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.
“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.”
Alexander’s Fall 2010 collection for McQ was set to be presented today as part of NYC Fashion Week — however he was not scheduled to be in the city for its unveiling.
He was also due to reveal his new collection at Paris Fashion Week on March 9. London Fashion Week begins in a few days as well.