British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was discovered dead today after taking his own life.
The industry was left reeling after the 40-year-old's suicide this morning, which comes just days after the death of his beloved mother, Joyce.
It is also just three years since his close friend, style guru Isabella Blow - who plucked him from obscurity and helped him become a star - killed herself.
McQueen, who was christened Lee but used his middle name as a designer, was found at his luxury flat in Mayfair, central London. It is believed he hanged himself.
One of his lines, McQ, was due to be shown at New York Fashion Week this afternoon but the show has now been cancelled.
Police were called to the designer's £640,000 flat at 10.20am this morning after he was found dead. A private ambulance arrived to take away his body at 4.30pm.
Not long before it was taken away, a man with short blond hair who looked distraught and said he was McQueen's boyfriend, went inside.
Undertakers brought out the designer's body on a stretcher, covered in a maroon blanket.
The blond man came outside and waited, watching the door. He wiped tears from his eyes as he spoke on his mobile phone.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250249/Alexander-McQueen-commits-suicide.html#ixzz0fGKH5qQA
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RIP TO A LEGEND.