Coroner: Alexander McQueen High on Drugs When He Committed Suicide

Designer Alexander McQueen had taken cocaine, tranquilizers and sleeping pills before he hanged himself in February, the coroner's report concluded.

"The balance of his mind was disturbed," coroner Paul Knapman told the BBC. McQueen's death has been ruled a suicide.

The BBC reports that the iconic designer, who was only 40, was under pressure at work and "overwhelmed with grief" at the recent death of his mother, Joyce, when he killed himself.

The Gucci Group, which owned McQueen's company, released a statement: "Whatever the circumstances of his passing, Lee will be remembered by all of us who had the privilege of calling him a colleague and friend as a rare talent, a true genius and brilliant creative force."

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