RIP Alexander McQueen

(CNN) -- Top fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London, England, home Thursday, a spokesman for his company said.

The designer, born Lee McQueen, had a reputation for controversy that earned him the titles "enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion."

Asked about reports of McQueen's death, London's Metropolitan Police said a 40-year-old man was found dead at an address in Green Street, central London.

They would not confirm his identity, and said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

A statement on behalf of his family said: "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."

Fellow designer Vivienne Westwood was "incredibly sorry" to hear the news, a spokesman was quoted by Britain's Press Association as saying.

Alexander McQueen was an incredible designer, and he will absolutely be missed in the fashion world. May he rest in peace.


Ashley said...

This is so heartbreaking. His work was beyond beautiful and inspiring. Horrible.

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Oh wow. How sad. I always looked forward to looking at his new lines...