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Gay fashion designer found dead

LONDON -- Gay fashion designer Alexander McQueen, whose clothes have been worn by stars such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, has committed suicide, British authorities say.

The 40-year-old designer, whose was born Lee Alexander McQueen, was known for his daring designs. McQueen's groundbreaking fashion sense made him the darling of pop stars and other celebrities.

He founded the labels Alexander McQueen and McQ.

Twitter is abuzz this week with tributes from the rich and famous.

McQueen’s body was found Feb. 11 at the designer’s home in London.

Friends and colleagues reported that McQueen, who often described himself as the “pink sheep” of his East London working-class family, was grieving for his mother, who died on Feb. 2. Her funeral was scheduled for today.

The son of a taxi driver and a teacher, McQueen worked for Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, Gieves & Hawkes, and theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans.

McQueen studied fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where he was discovered by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow. The pair remained close friends until Blow committed suicide three years ago. McQueen dedicated his 2008 spring-summer show at Paris fashion week to her.