McQueen in 2009
(Pic: Ed Kavishe /

The late Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide last year, has left much of his £16 million fortune to charities, as well as his beloved pet dogs.

Documents made public this week reveal that the 40-year-old fashion designer bequeathed £50,000 in a trust fund to ensure that his three dogs are well looked after.

The English bull terriers – Juice, Minter, and Callum – are expected to spend the rest of their lives in canine luxury.

McQueen also left £50,000 to each of his two housekeepers, one of whom found him hanged in his London flat.

The bulk of his estate went to his Sarabande charity, with McQueen suggesting that it use the money for bursaries for fashion and art students.

He also left £100,000 for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a gay men’s HIV charity, and equivalent amounts for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire.

“Alexander McQueen was a friend of THT,” said Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust.

“He supported us for over 12 years, working alongside the charity to raise awareness of HIV as well as vital funds. We’re touched that he chose to leave this generous legacy, which will be used to support those living with and affected by HIV in the UK.”

Family members were also remembered, with his three sisters and two brothers receiving $400,000 each.

McQueen took a mix of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquillisers before hanging himself with a belt in February 2010, just days after the death of his mother.

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