Openly gay, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 40, has been found dead in his London apartment reports the BBC. The cause of death has been reported by several sources as a suicide, but authorities declined to comment on the exact cause.

From the BBC:

A statement released by his office — referring to the designer by his given first name, Lee — read: “On behalf of Lee McQueen’s family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home.

“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 Lee’s family.”

His death comes days before London Fashion Week — where he was set to reveal his new line.

McQueen was previously named Designer of the Year four times between 1996 and 2003.

Nathan James

Nathan James is a former editorial intern for QNotes.