Björk, Lady Gaga fashion designer Alexander McQueen found dead

McQueen also worked with David Bowie and The Duke Spirit

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead at his home.

The 40-year-old was pronounced dead by paramedics at his London home this morning (February 11). Police are not treating the death as suspicious, reports BBC News. A statement from McQueen‘s family called the news “tragic”, adding that they were “devastated”.

London-born McQueen worked with a number of high-profile musicians throughout his career. The cover of Bjork‘s 1997 album ‘Homogenic’ was designed by him, as was the Union Jack coat sported by David Bowie on the cover of the same year’s ‘Earthling’. More recently Lady Gaga‘s video for ‘Bad Romance’ featured the singer wearing a number of his designs.

In 2009, the Alexander McQueen For Target line saw him take inspiration from The Duke Spirit, while Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie‘s designer wife Katy England was also close to him.

A statement released from McQueen‘s office – which referred to the designer by his given name of Lee – asked for privacy for his family.

“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,” the statement read. “Lee‘s family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.”