McQueen in 2009
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An inquest into the suicide of fashion designer Alexander McQueen has revealed that he took a mix of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquillisers before hanging himself with a belt in February.
According to evidence presented at the inquest on Wednesday, McQueen (40) had twice tried to commit suicide last year.
The designer, born Lee Alexander McQueen, had a history of depression, insomnia and anxiety attacks and his “disturbed” state of mind was aggravated by the death of his mother days before his suicide.
It was revealed that his body was discovered in his multi-million pound London apartment by his housekeeper. He was only wearing a dressing gown.
“He certainly felt very pressured by his work but it was a double-edged sword. He felt it was the only area of his life where he had achieved something,” McQueen’s psychiatrist Dr Stephen Pereira, told the Westminster coroner’s court.
He added that McQueen’s mother’s death had left him with the belief that there was “nothing else to live for.”
McQueen reportedly left a suicide note which included instructions about where he should be buried and ended: “Please look after my dogs. Sorry, I love you. Lee.”