Alexander McQueen; CBE, four times voted British Designer of the year, the creative genius behind the most exquisite couture clothing, and the dynamic mind responsible for the establishment of high streets rebellious staples - skull prints and low rise jeans, was found dead in his home on Thursday.
His family have released this statement on the McQueen website:
On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family. Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.
The tragic news has reverberated across the media today. Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw said Mr McQueen had made an "outstanding contribution to British fashion." Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, described Mr McQueen a "modern-day genius" and said his death was "the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn't."
McQueen influenced a decade of designers and was the imagination behind wave after wave of high street trends. He has been the inspiration of a generation. The loss to British and World fashion is great; the loss to Alexander McQueen's family and friends must be incalculable.