Designer McQueen hanged himself in wardrobe

Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:57pm EST
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By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters) - British fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself in a wardrobe at his home last week on the eve of his mother's funeral, an inquest and British media reported on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old, whose full name was Lee Alexander McQueen, died as a result of asphyxia and hanging, London's Westminster coroner's court was told.

A coroner's officer said the inquest heard that a note found at McQueen's flat (apartment) in London's expensive Mayfair area was being examined by police.

A police officer told the court there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the designer who has been the focus of tributes around the world, including U.S. singer Lady Gaga who dedicated an eerie performance to him at the BRIT Awards (British pop music awards) in London on Tuesday night.

The inquest was adjourned to April 28.

British media have reported that McQueen was inconsolable after the death of his mother Joyce earlier this month and had written of his difficulties on the social media site Twitter just days before his death.

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld told French radio last week that McQueen had always flirted with death in his work and that success and fame were never enough to sustain happiness.

"In these types of professions (modeling, acting, fashion design) if you haven't got a strong back and are not hard-headed you expose yourself to anguish," Lagerfeld said.   Continued...

<p>Flowers from fashion designer Louise Goldin are left on the doorstep of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen the day after he was found dead in his home, in London February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>