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Designer hanged himself in wardrobe

TRAGIC Alexander McQueen left a note before hanging himself in his apartment on the eve of his mother's funeral, a coroner's inquest revealed yesterday.

The cause of the celebrated fashion designer's death was given as asphyxiation and hanging.

The inquest has yet to formally deliver a ruling of suicide, but police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Coroner's official Lynda Martindill told the inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court, London, that the body of 40-year-old McQueen was found in a wardrobe at his London apartment.

Days before he died, McQueen had left several messages on the social networking site Twitter revealing his grief at his mother's recent death.


Police detective inspector Paul Armstrong told the inquest there were no suspicious circumstances. He gave the note found at the scene to coroner Paul Knapman but did not disclose its contents.

After a five-minute hearing, the coroner adjourned the inquest until April 28.

Full details of the autopsy also will be available in a few months.

McQueen's family, who are now free to hold the designer's funeral, issued a statement through their lawyers appealing to the media to respect their privacy following their "grievous double loss".

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In Britain, inquests are held whenever someone dies violently or in unexplained circumstances.

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