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Bidding Adieu: Alexander McQueen

February 11, 2010

I woke up this morning to the tragic news of Alexander McQueen’s passing. At the age of 40, he committed suicide in his London home. This news came on the first day of New York Fashion Week, where his diffusion line McQ slated to debut at Milk Studios. His PR company KCD has since canceled the presentation. Word also has it, that his store in the Meatpacking District is closed, with a white sheet covering its windows.

Official statement on his web site 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.

McQueen’s impact on the fashion community expands the reach of editorial pages or celebrity press. He was an extraordinary visionary, whose art conveyed the inner thoughts of a guy who found beauty in the darkest of places. May he, forever rest in peace.

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