McQueen Suicide Confirmed

A London coroner has confirmed that designer Alexander McQueen died after hanging himself.

Alexander McQueenThe lauded designer left a suicide note, the contents of which remain undisclosed, then hanged himself from an armoire in his luxe London apartment. The coroner's report listed McQueen's cause of death as asphyxiation and hanging, and police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

McQueen's mother died February 2, and the designer's Twitter postings reveal a troubled mind both before and after her passing.

The day before his mother's death, McQueen wrote, "From heaven to hell and back again, life is a funny thing. Beauty can come from the most strangest of places even the most disgusting places."

The day after, he tweeted:

  • "I'm letting my followers know my mother passed away yesterday if it she had not me nor would you RIP mum..."
  • "But life must go on!"
  • "been (expletive) awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together and finish with the Hells Angels and Prolific Deamons!"

His mother's funeral was held the day after his own death.

Close friends say McQueen felt constant pressure to outdo his previous collections, especially in light of the unveiling of a new one in Paris next month.

"I don't think success was easy for him," wrote friend Plum Sykes in the Sunday Telegraph. "He told me he was driven by his insecurities, and he believed that all successful people were."

McQueen's family has not released details of his funeral.

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