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

Updated: 09:18 GMT, 12 February 2010

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British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was discovered dead today after taking his own life.

The industry was left reeling after the 40-year-old's suicide this morning, which comes just days after the death of his beloved mother, Joyce.

It is also just three years since his close friend, style guru 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 as a designer, was found at his luxury flat in Mayfair, central London. It is believed he hanged himself.

One of his lines, McQ, was due to be shown at New York Fashion Week this afternoon but the show has now been cancelled.

Grieving: McQueen with his mother Joyce in 2001. She died last week, days before his suicide in London

Police were called to the designer's

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

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