LONDON — A coroner’s court here said in a hearing on Wednesday that designer Lee Alexander McQueen died as a result of hanging and asphyxia.
During the brief hearing, a coroner’s officer at London’s Westminster Coroner’s Court said McQueen was found hanging in his wardrobe at his Mayfair apartment on the morning of Feb. 11. “A postmortem has found the cause of death to be asphyxia and hanging,” the officer said, adding the full postmortem report and analysis were not yet available.
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A police inspector who attended the hearing said there were no suspicious circumstances relating to the death. Police are also examining a note found at the scene, the officer said, but did not disclose the contents of the note. The coroner, Paul Knapman M.D., then adjourned the inquest until April 28, during which time further investigations into the circumstances of McQueen’s death will be carried out.
Following the hearing, a lawyer’s letter was distributed to reporters on behalf of McQueen’s family, asking “to respect [their] privacy.” The letter read: “This notice is also a plea on behalf of the McQueen family that it has suffered a grievous double loss in a short space of time, and that any insensitive and/or intrusive photographs and/or footage will only compound to the family’s distress.”
McQueen’s mother Joyce died on Feb. 2. Later that week, McQueen had written about her death on his Twitter page. Her funeral took place as planned on Feb. 12, the day after the designer was found dead.