February 17, 2010

McQueen left a note and hanged himself, coroner says

Posted: 09:33 AM ET

London, England (CNN) - Fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his wardrobe and left a suicide note, a coroner told a London inquest Wednesday.

McQueen, 40, was found dead at his London apartment Thursday. The cause of death was asphyxia and hanging, said coroner's officer Lynda Martindill.

A police officer told the inquest that McQueen's death was "nonsuspicious," according to Martindill.

"The coroner said a note had been found and is being looked at by the police," Martindill said, without offering details about the note.

The coroner adjourned the inquest until April 28 in order to complete the full post-mortem report, she said.

McQueen, who had dressed stars from Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman to Rihanna and Sandra Bullock, killed himself nine days after the death of his mother. He expressed his devastation at her death on his Twitter account days before he died.

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mrt   February 17th, 2010 4:37 pm ET

How sad that he experienced the black hole of desperation. This once agin proves mental health issues do not bypass the wealthy!!

dnj4mj   February 17th, 2010 4:52 pm ET

Many genius's are troubled souls, he loved his mother endlessly.
Thankyou Lee for making your indelible mark on the fashion scene not only in Britain but the world.
You will be remembered as one of the true greats who set the bar high from such a young age. We will miss you Lee McQueen, we will wear our McQueen scarves with pride and never forget you!! Rest in peace for eternity in your beloved mothers arms.

Luis B Rosario   February 18th, 2010 3:00 am ET

He had to be under tremendous psychlogical pressure. One
usually do not commit suicide over mother's death unless
other severe mental stress was present before her death.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 18th, 2010 3:13 am ET

Sad loss to the fashion industry.

Yes it is so hard to lose someone close to you and you never really get over their passing. Time lessens the pain a bit and you just have to go on the best you can. Having support of family members and someone to talk it out to, also helps with the grieving.

R.I.P. Lee McQueen. You will be missed.

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