News: Kanye West, Tyra Banks & Naomi Campbell React To Famous UK Fashion Designer's Suicide, "We Lost An Angel"

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 5:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has shared his reaction to reports of renowned British fashion designer Lee "Alexander" McQueen reportedly committing suicide.

Writing via his blog, Ye vouched for the designer's legacy and works.

"MCQUEEN...," he wrote Thursday (February 11). "SO DEVASTATING.. HE WAS A GENIUS... HE WAS SO IMPORTANT AND SPECIAL.... WE LOST AN ANGEL!" (Kanye West's Blog)

Model Naomi Campbell also shared her reaction to McQueen's passing.

"I am truly devastated to lose my close friend," she wrote in a statement. "His talent had no boundaries and he was an inspiration to everyone who worked with him and knew him. This is a sad day to all who loved him around the world and my condolences are with his family. I will miss him so much, he will never be forgotten." (E! Online)

Television host Tyra Banks also spoke on the designer's death via Twitter.

"RIP Alexander McQueen. so so sad. Such a huge loss. He was one of my favorite designers. He will be missed," she wrote today. (Tyra Banks' Twitter)

Reports of his death began to circulate online Thursday morning.

The provocative British designer died at his apartment in London Thursday, his company said, shocking the fashion world which was gathering in New York for the beginning of the season's international fashion shows. The 40-year-old was due to present his collection in Paris in less than a month. (Wall Street Journal)

A posting announcing the unexpected news has been posted on his website.

"On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. 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. 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." (Alexander McQueen)

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