LONDON — Lee Alexander McQueen was a family man — and an animal lover — to his core, his will reveals.
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The designer, who committed suicide in February 2010 at the age of 40, left more than 16 million pounds, or $26.1 million, to his family, his dogs and animal charities, according to details of the will published on Tuesday.
All figures have been calculated at current exchange.
The designer left 50,000 pounds, or $81,500, in a trust for the lifetime upkeep of his dogs Juice, an English bull terrier, and Callum, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, which he used to walk in Hyde Park, not far from his Mayfair home.
He left a similar amount of money to each of his two housekeepers, Marlene and Cesar Garcia, for their “long and faithful service.” It was the latter who found McQueen the morning after he committed suicide.
McQueen’s five siblings were bequeathed 250,000 pounds, or $407,500, each and his nieces, nephews, and godson each received 50,000 pounds, or $81,500.
Four charities — the Terrence Higgins Trust, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre, and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire were each given 100,000 pounds, or $163,000.
The designer left the remainder of his estate in a trust for his Sarabande charity asking that the money be earmarked for bursaries or grants for students at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where he had studied.