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Tragic McQueen leaves €50k to his dogs in will

Alexander McQueen's beloved pet dogs will be pampered for the rest of their lives after the fashion designer left £50,000 of his £16m fortune to them in his will.

McQueen (40) hanged himself after taking a cocktail of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquillisers in February of last year, the day before his mother Joyce's funeral.

An inquest heard that he killed himself after struggling with depression, the pressures of his work and his mother's death. In his will, McQueen left his fortune to family, charities and help for the next generation of British designers.

It included a provision for £50,000 to be put into a trust for the upkeep of his dogs for the rest of their lives.

The inquest heard that police found a book at the designer's flat on which he had scribbled: "Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you. Lee." McQueen was known as Lee to friends and family.

McQueen bequeathed another £50,000 to each of his housekeepers, Marlene and Cesar Garcia. It was Mr Garcia who discovered McQueen's body hanging in a wardrobe in his Mayfair flat.

McQueen gave £100,000 to each of four charities: The Terrence Higgins Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre and the Blue Cross sick animal centre in Burford, Oxfordshire.

He bequeathed £50,000 to his godson and each of his nieces and nephews, and £250,000 to each of his three sisters and two brothers.

The designer left the remainder of his estate in a trust for his Sarabande charity, which shares a name with his spring/summer 2007 collection, famous for including a dress adorned with fresh flowers.