Feb 12, 2010

Fashion icon Alexander McQueen dead

British fashion icon Alexander McQueen commits suicide days after death of his beloved mother /

By Rebecca Camber and Sara Nathan /

Last updated at 4:26 PM on 11th February 2010 /

British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead after taking his own life.

The 40-year-old committed suicide just days after the death of his beloved mother, Joyce, last Tuesday.

It is also just three years since his close friend, Isabella Blow - who plucked him from obscurity and helped him become a star - killed herself.

McQueen, who was christened Lee but used his middle name for his label, was found at his luxury flat in Mayfair, central London. It is believed he hanged himself.

One of his contemporary lines, McQ, was scheduled to be shown at New York Fashion Week this afternoon.