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Alexander McQueen hanged self in wardrobe, left suicide note: coroner

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 10:34 AM

Luminary fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his London apartment last week and left a suicide note nearby, a British coroner told an inquest.
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Luminary fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his London apartment last week and left a suicide note nearby, a British coroner told an inquest.

Luminary fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his London apartment last week and left a suicide note nearby, a British coroner told an inquest Wednesday.

McQueen's death was listed as "nonsuspicious."

The contents of the note were not released.

McQueen, one of British fashion's brightest stars, achieved fame by creating dramatic outfits for celebrities from Cameron Diaz and Lady Gaga to Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman and Rihanna.

Days before his body was found in a wardrobe in his apartment on Thursday, McQueen, whose real name was Lee Alexander McQueen, had left several messages on Twitter agonizing over the death of his mother days earlier.

He said on Twitter that he had to "somehow pull myself together and finish."

Coroner's officer Lynda Martindill said the 40-year-old McQueen died from asphyxiation and hanging.

The inquest has yet to formally rule McQueen's death a suicide.

After a five-minute hearing Wednesday, coroner Paul Knapman adjourned the inquest until April 28.

Full details of the autopsy will be available in a few months.

British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman called McQueen a "modern-day genius" whose "brilliant imagination knew no bounds."

His latest show was an invitation event for 1,000 people which was streamed live on the Internet.

In 2003, Queen Elizabeth honored him as a commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and he earned numerous other awards in the fashion world.

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