Fashion world's provocateur McQueen dead at 40

Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:25am EST
 
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters) - British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, whose provocative collections made him a global star, was found dead at his London home on Thursday in what media said appeared to be suicide. He was 40.

Nicknamed the "hooligan" of British fashion for his close-cropped hair, trademark Doc Marten boots and shocking catwalk collections, McQueen rose from teenage trainee tailor to runway darling before the age of 30. He had been expected to unveil his new collection at Paris Fashion Week in March.

"He was found dead this morning," McQueen's communications director Samantha Garrett told Reuters by telephone.

A statement released by his office -- referring to the designer by his given first name, Lee -- read: "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."

Police said they were not treating his death as suspicious. The BBC reported that McQueen had announced the death of his mother on his Twitter site earlier this month.

McQueen's friend, the influential British fashion insider Isabella Blow who helped his career take flight, took her own life in 2007 at the age of 48.

"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," the statement from McQueen's office said.

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<p>Flowers lie outside the shop of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen on Old Bond Street in London February 11, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>