Alexander McQueen Hanged Himself, Inquest Finds

Police report that the late British fashion designer left behind a suicide note.

A police inquest into the death of Alexander McQueen found that the 40-year-old British fashion designer hanged himself in a closet in his central London home last Thursday and left behind a note at the scene. According to a Reuters report, the postmortem examination of the fashion icon, who was an inspiration to Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Madonna, among others, found that he died as a result of asphyxia and hanging.

Gaga paid tribute to McQueen at Tuesday night’s Brit Awards, dedicating her performance of “Telephone” to the designer and decking out the stage with a statue of what appeared to be the singer wearing a piano skirt and the now-famous McQueen lobster-claw heels she sported in her “Bad Romance” video .

McQueen was found dead in his apartment at 5:30 a.m. on February 11, and police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Officials did not reveal the contents of the note McQueen left behind. The London Times reported that McQueen’s body was identified by his sister Janet on the day of his death and that the inquest was adjourned until April 28.

McQueen was found dead on the day before the funeral of his mother, Joyce, whose death earlier this month reportedly devastated the designer. In the days before his death, McQueen tweeted that it had been an “awful week.”

A representative for the McQueen family had no comment about the inquest, but presented a letter to the media asking for privacy. “This notice on behalf of the McQueen family [asks] for your recognition that it has suffered a grievous double loss in a very short space of time and that any insensitive and/or intrusive photographs and/or footage will only compound to the family’s distress.”

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