Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen Found Dead at 40

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World-renowned fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in London at age 40, has confirmed.

British reports claim that McQueen hung himself, but a spokesperson for the designer's London office tells Us: "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 [Alexander's] family"

The icon'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 statement

In early reports of McQueen's alleged suicide, outlets claim that he was distraught over the 2007 suicide of Isabella Blow, his friend and mentor who helped shape his successful career.

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The beloved, avant-garde designer -- with celebrity friends that included Janet Jackson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwen Stefani -- was scheduled to present his collection in Paris Fashion Week in less than a month.