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  1. Fashion icon dies

    British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was known for his wild fashions. He was a fashion legend who adorned some of the biggest celebrities in the world.

    McQueen was found dead on Feb. 11, 2010 in his London home. He was 40 years old.

    Here, he acknowledges the audience after his Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris.

    Fellow designer Vivienne Westwood said she was "incredibly sorry to hear the news," according to the BBC. (Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The great cape

    The Alexander McQueen fashion presentation, part of Paris Fashion Week, was modeled on Mar. 9, 2010 in Paris, France.

    Inspired by old masters' paintings, Alexander McQueen's last show included rich fabrics in bold, luscious colors with ornate detailing.

    In honor of the late designer, audience members received cards that read "Each piece is unique, as was he.'' (Chris Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Seeing red

    A model walks down the runway during the Alexander McQueen fashion presentation, part of Paris Fashion Week on Mar. 9, 2010 in Paris, France.

    The 16-piece Autumn/Winter collection was 80 percent finished at the time of McQueen's death. (Chris Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Skullcap style

    An avant-garde creation is modeled during the Alexander McQueen fashion presentation, part of Paris Fashion Week on Mar. 9, 2010 in Paris, France. (Chris Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Goodbye to a great

    The coffin of British designer Alexander McQueen, bearing pink, white and red roses, is carried out of St. Paul's Church during the funeral ceremony in London on Feb. 25, 2010. The coffin was loaded into a hearse with the word “Lee” written in white flowers.

    The funeral service was organized for close friends and family. (EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Farewell to a legend

    Naomi Campbell leaves Alexander McQueen's funeral at St. Paul's Church in London, on Feb. 25, 2010.

    The gathering, held roughly two weeks after the designer's death, included 100 friends and family members. (EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Bidding adieu

    Supermodel Kate Moss, in 5-inch Christian Louboutin heels and a fur stole, leaves Alexander McQueen's funeral held at St. Paul's Church, in London, on Feb. 25, 2010. (EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Fellow fashion friends

    British designer Stella McCartney leaves British designer Alexander McQueen's funeral held at St. Paul's Church. (EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A tribute

    British super model Kate Moss walks down the catwalk as a tribute to the late Alexander McQueen during Naomi Campbell's "Fashion for Relief Haiti" fashion show at Somerset House in London on Feb.18, 2010. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Public grieving

    Model Kate Moss cries while attending Naomi Campbell's "Fashion For Relief Haiti" fashion show as an Alexander McQueen dress was auctioned off on Feb. 18, 2010 in London. (Dave Hogan/ffr / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. International star

    The Alexander McQueen store is seen on Old Bond Street in London, England. Before his death, McQueen also had boutiques in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Milan. (Neil Mockford / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Dark flower

    A model presents a creation by British designer Alexander McQueen during the autumn/winter 2009 ready-to-wear collection show on March 10, 2010 in Paris. (Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Man and the sea

    Models display creations as part of McQueen's fall/winter 2010-2011 menswear collection on Jan. 18, 2010 during the Milan Men's Fashion Week. The collection, titled "An Bailitheoir Cnamh," Celtic for "The Bone Collector," was inspired by whalers and seafarers. (Damien Meyer / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Wild style

    McQueen was known for his flamboyant, often outrageous fashions. These models present outfits from his ready-to-wear spring/summer 2010 fashion show on Oct. 6, 2009 in Paris.

    His sequin and animal-print covered 10-inch high heels, inspired by Charles Darwin’s “Origin of the Species,” both shocked and fascinated the fashion scene. (Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Dressing Janet

    Janet Jackson attends the launch of Alexander McQueen's flagship boutique on May 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Out of the cage

    McQueen's autumn/winter 2009 ready-to-wear collection, titled "Horn of Plenty," featured models in Marilyn Manson make-up and tall, red patent platform shoes. (Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Black and tan

    A model presents a feisty creation by Alexander McQueen during the spring/summer 2009 collections of men's ready to wear displayed at Milan fashion week on June 22, 2008. (Giuseppe Cacace / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Head case

    Models wear props on their heads, including upturned umbrellas, woven baskets, lampshades and piles of shiny rubber, as part of McQueen's ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2009 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 10, 2009. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Crowned 'Queen

    A model presents a playful McQueen headpiece during the autumn/winter 2008-2009 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris. (Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Planet rock

    McQueen's spring/summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection was inspired by Charles Darwin as well as the effects of industrialization on the planet. (Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Golden beauty

    A model wears a glittering gold jumpsuit by Alexander McQueen during the autumn/winter 2007/2008 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris on March 2, 2007. (Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Star power

    Style icon Sarah Jessica Parker and Alexander McQueen attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 1, 2006 in New York City. McQueen's creative designs have been a favorite among celebrities. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Showing support

    Alexander McQueen acknowledges applause at the end of the presentation of his spring/summer 2006 collection in Paris on Oct. 7, 2005 . His shirt logo refers to top model Kate Moss after photos of her apparently snorting cocaine in a London music studio were published in the media. (Remy De La Mauviniere / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Dancing in the rain

    A model dances during the "Black" fashion show sponsored by McQueen in London on June 3, 2004. Proceeds from the event went to Lighthouse, which supports people affected by HIV. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Models for a cause

    British model Naomi Campbell, designer Alexander McQueen and model Kate Moss arrive for the "Black" charity auction and fashion show in London on June 3, 2004. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. She discovered him

    Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow attend the Tatler dinner at Floriana, at the Beauchamp place on March 19, 2003. It was Blow, an English magazine editor and fashion director, who discovered McQueen. She committed suicide in May 2007 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. (Dave Benett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Flow free

    A model presents a flamboyant creation for Alexander McQueen on March 8, 2003 during the Autumn/Winter 2003-04 ready-to-wear collections in Paris, France. (Jean-pierre Muller / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Fashion rock star

    Singer Bjork and McQueen are seen backstage at the "Fashion Rocks" event at the Royal Albert Hall on Oct. 15, 2003 in London. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. 'Queen's honor

    McQueen poses with his CBE, an honor awarded by Queen Elizabeth II Buckingham Palace in London on Oct. 29, 2003. (Matthew Fearn / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Fashion miss

    Gwyneth Paltrow dons a see-through Alexander McQueen dress for the 2002 Oscars. This creation, which had a virtually see-through top, was not received well and Paltrow was named one of the worst dressed at the event. (Sgranitz / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Head of the flock

    A model presents a creation from Mcqueen's spring/summer collection at London Fashion Week in London in September 2000. (Hugo Philpott / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Big names

    Rock star Elton John and designer Alexander McQueen arrive at the inauguration of the Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy Tower in New York in December 1999. (Doug Kanter / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Warrior chic

    A fox fur coat with a metallic helmet is shown during the presentation of Givenchy's ready-to-wear fall/winter 1998-1999 collection designed by Alexander McQueen in Paris on March 3, 1998. (Pierre Verdy / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Flying high

    A model with a bare torso and giant Icarus feather wings looks down from the first floor balcony of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. This was part of a decoration for the Givenchy's spring/summer 2001 haute couture collections designed by McQueen. (Pierre Verdy / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/17/2010 8:49:04 AM ET 2010-02-17T13:49:04

A British coroner's official has told an inquest that fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his London apartment last week after leaving a note nearby.

The contents of the note were not released by the coroner's office, which is charged with formally identifying the circumstances of the designer's death.

Coroner's officer Lynda Martindill said Wednesday the 40-year-old McQueen had died from asphyxiation and hanging. Full details of the autopsy will be available in a few months.

There were no suspicious circumstances in the death, and authorities suspect no malice, police detective inspector Paul Armstrong testified. After a five-minute hearing Wednesday, coroner Paul Knapman adjourned the inquest until April 28. The inquest has yet to formally rule McQueen's death a suicide.

Full details of the autopsy will be available in a few months, authorities said.

The designer died days before London Fashion Week , although he was not scheduled to show in the British capital.

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