Fashion designer Alexander McQueen dies
40-year-old also known as Lee McQueen is found dead at London home
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 11 February 2010 15.35 GMT
The British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead at his London home at the age of 40.
His death comes just days before the start of London fashion week and a month before he was to unveil his new collection at Paris fashion week.
His family asked for privacy to come to terms with the death of McQueen, also known as Lee.
His company, Alexander McQueen, issued 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.
"Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this."
Born in London in 1969 as the youngest of six children, McQueen left school at the age of 16 and was immediately offered an apprenticeship at the traditional Saville Row tailors Anderson and Shephard and then at neighbouring Gieves and Hawkes.
McQueen was a four-time winner of the British designer of the year award as well as the international designer of the year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He was awarded the CBE in 2003.