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British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead after apparently committing suicide at his home.
The 40-year-old was discovered at his property in Green Street, in London's West End, shortly after 10am on Thursday.
Paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said his death is not being treated as suspicious.
A spokeswoman for the designer confirmed the news.
She said: "Mr McQueen was found dead this morning at his home. We're devastated and I hope you understand that out of respect to his family and his colleagues we're not going to be making any further statement."
His death comes just days before London Fashion Week, which is due to open on February 19, and as final preparations were being made to unveil a spring collection in Paris.
McQueen's close friend and fashion icon Isabella Blow, who helped launch his career, killed herself almost three years ago.
Blow, who was 48, collapsed at her Gloucestershire country home after telling friends she was going shopping.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We were called by London Ambulance Service at about 10.20am this morning (Thursday) to reports of a man found dead at an address in Green Street, W1.
"He is believed to be 40-years-old and from London. Next of kin have been informed, however we await formal identification before releasing the name of the deceased. A post mortem examination and inquest will take place in due course. The death is being treated as non-suspicious."
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