British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his Central London home around 10am this morning (local time). Suicide is suspected but not confirmed. The Times Online has reported that he was found hanged, after being unable to deal with the death of his mother on 2 February. His company has released 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."RIP Alexander McQueen.
No word yet on whether his final collection will be showed posthumously on-schedule at Paris Fashion Week next month.
Below, a list of Tweeted reactions from celebrities, models and designers.
I am so shocked and sad to hear about Alexander McQueen.
Mcqueen has inspired me in every way possible,I did not know him well but i feel so honored to have watched him work on his craft.
RIP McQueen... you will be truly missed. http://bit.ly/dfX7hg xox
RIP Alexander McQueen. so so sad. such a huge loss. He was one of my favorite designers. He will be missed.
RIP Alexander McQueen :(
R.I.P. Alexander McQueen, a kind soul and brillant creative genius. Sad and shocking. You've touched us all.
I cant describe the tragic loss of such a brilliant man and designer Alexander McQueen..R.I.P xoRZ
Can't believe Alexander McQueen is dead! Just can't believe it! Tragic loss. What a talent. Talked with him a few times. So nice. Damn it!
Rest in peace, Mr. McQueen.