(L-R) Actress Elizabeth Banks, designer Alexander McQueen, and actress Olivia Wilde arrive at the Alexander McQueen store opening held at the new Alexander McQueen store on May 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Lee McQueen was famed fashion designer Alexander McQueen's given name. His full name was Lee Alexander McQueen, and he was the head designer at Givenchy for five years before he founded the Alexander McQueen and McQ labels. He was found dead at 40 in his London home this morning.
Alexander McQueen and Sam Taylor-Wood in 2007 (Getty)
A statement from his family read (via People.com): "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."
In recent years McQueen had become one of the most popular designers in fashion. His Spring 2010 collection was shown during New York's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last September, and it became a major event when Lady Gaga debuted her single, "Bad Romance" at the show. Gaga, an outspoken fan of McQueen's work, would go on to wear the "armadillo" shoes he debuted at that show in the "Bad Romance" video.
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