London coroner Dr. Paul Knapman has issued a report, via a small group gathering consisting of Alexander McQueen’s family and friends and members of the British press, regarding the death of the famed designer. McQueen hanged himself on February 11th of this year. He was 40 years old.
“Significant” amounts of cocaine, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and antianxiety medication were found in McQueen’s blood samples. This combination, in addition to a loss of his mother days earlier, likely contributed to his decision to take his own life.
Knapman stated that the designer, “had a history of self-harm and, no doubt fueled by cocaine, he resorted to desperate measures to end his life,” and that McQueen “killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed.”
Additional insights were provided by McQueen’s psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Pereira, who noted that the designer had a history of suicide attempts and that the loss of his mother made him feel that “there was very little to live for.”
McQueen’s suicide note, written on the back of a copy of Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, ended: “Please look after my dogs. Sorry, I love you. Lee”