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Alexander McQueen commits suicide

entertainment Updated: Feb 12, 2010 20:31 IST

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Alexander McQueen, fashion designer to the Hollywood's elite, has committed suicide on the eve of his mother's funeral. He was 40.



The British designer who had A-listers like Madonna and Lady Gaga among his clientele, was found dead this morning at his London apartment, reported

Daily Mail

online.



McQueen who was famed for his unconventional - published designs and shock tactics, was found hanging in his apartment and the police have ruled out foul play.



The designer known as the "hooligan of fashion", was at the pinnacle of his career and had earlier hinted at suicide through messages posted on the micro blogging website Twitter after the death of his mother two weeks ago.



Tributes have started pouring in with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry hailing him as a "creative genius".



"The fashion industry has lost a true great. An icon of all time," said former

Spice Girl

and fashion designer Victoria Beckham.



Sex and the City

star Sarah Jessica Parker who famously attended New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in 2006 with the designer, both wearing matching outfits, said," I am shocked and overcome with grief upon learning about the untimely death of the quiet genius. There has never been anyone like him. And there simply never will be."



McQueen who had once claimed that his greatest pleasure was to make people vomit as they left his shows, was born into a poor family in the impoverished East End district of London.