Alexander McQueen death

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Alexander McQueen Leaves $82K to Dogs

Designer wanted to ensure companions were cared for

(Newser) - Alexander McQueen really loved his dogs. The fashion designer, who committed suicide last year , left $82,000 to be put into a trust for bull terriers Minter, Juice, and Callum, to ensure they'd be well cared-for the rest of their lives. The rest of his $26 million fortune went...

McQueen High on Cocaine Before Suicide

Designer also took sleeping pills, tranquilizers

(Newser) - Alexander McQueen was high on cocaine, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers before he hanged himself, the inquest into his death heard today. The Westminster coroner said the 40-year-old fashion designer “killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed,” adding that he had “a history of self-harm...

McQueen’s Label Had $50M Debt at Suicide
McQueen’s Label Had $50M Debt at Suicide

McQueen’s Label Had $50M Debt at Suicide

Recession hit fashion designer hard; outfit's future unclear

(Newser) - Designer Alexander McQueen’s fashion business was $50 million in debt at the time of his suicide last week, an analysis of the firm’s recent statements shows. The Times of London reports that the brand, founded in 2001, didn’t break even until 2007—then made a profit in...

McQueen Hanged Himself Just Days After Mom's Death

Drugs, porn star also played roles in end of designer's life

(Newser) - Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his closet the day before his mother's funeral, the coroner reported today, leaving a suicide note the coroner declined to disclose. Days before he died, McQueen had posted several messages on Twitter revealing his grief at his mother's death, the AP reports. But the photographer...

Lady Gaga Wins Big at Brit Awards
 Lady Gaga 
 Wins Big at 
 Brit Awards 

Lady Gaga Wins Big at Brit Awards

She wins three awards, dedicates opener to late designer

(Newser) - Lady Gaga scored three awards at tonight’s Brit Awards—the across-the-pond version of the Grammys—and won over the London audience by dedicating her show-opening performance to a late friend and favorite fashion designer. “This is for Alexander McQueen,” Gaga said before launching into an acoustic version...

McQueen's Ex: Enough With the Fake Crying

Here's looking at you, Rachel Zoe and Patti Smith

(Newser) - Just days after celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe was too “distraught” over Alexander McQueen’s death to attend a Project Runway fashion show, the designer’s ex-partner called out fashion world “hangers-on” for their meaningless condolences. “It's been fashion, fashion, fashion,” George Forsyth tells the Daily Mail...

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