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Coroner: Alexander McQueen died of hanging

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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