Designer Alexander McQueen commits suicide

Death comes days before the unveiling of his new collection

Alexander McQueen, the “enfant terrible” of the fashion world—notorious for his wild fashions and even more exuberant shows—committed suicide days after the death of his beloved mother. His tweets after her death show how raw his emotions were. On February 3rd, he wrote: “I’m letting my followers know the my mother passed away yesterday if it she had not me nor would you RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx…” Moments later, he added: “But life must go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Then on Sunday, he said: “Sunday evening been a ****ing awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together and finish with the…” Alexandra Shulman, editor of Britain’s Vogue, said: “McQueen influenced a whole generation of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs.” His death also comes just three years after his close friend, Isabella Blow—who plucked him from obscurity and helped him become a star—killed herself by taking an overdose of weed killer after a cancer diagnosis.

Daily Mail