Ever since news broke yesterday that British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has passed away, the mourning of friends, loved ones, and supporters resounded throughout the globe.
From celebrity Twitter posts to media coverage, people have expressed their grief and shock over the iconoclast’s tragic passing. The 40-year-old was found dead yesterday at his home in London.
The police have not released an official report on the cause of death, but his press representatives at KCD Worldwide said it appeared to be a suicide, just a week after his mother passed away.
An official statement from his website reads:
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.
Fans and supporters have also turned his clothing stores into memorial sites where they have set up flowers, candles, and other memorabilia.