The inquest into the death of Alexander McQueen was held this morning. Westminster Coroner Dr Paul Knapman recorded an official verdict of suicide, as a result of "immense work pressures" and the designer being "overwhelmed with grief" at the loss of his mother.
The 40-year-old designer was found hanged at his flat in Mayfair, London, on February 11th, the day before the funeral of his mother, Joyce. He had left a note.
Dr Knapman said "it's such a pity for a man who, from a modest start, climbed to the top of his profession only to die in such tragedy."
A statement for the inquest released by McQueen's family said "we are still coming to terms with the loss of Lee in such tragic circumstances. Lee was a public figure and a creative genius, who possessed a generous, loving, caring nature. Those who were privileged to have known Lee will cherish their memories of him for all their lives. Lee was also a much-loved brother and son and we miss him terribly. We will continue to make every effort to keep his memory alive."