The Sex and the City star, who wore McQueen’s creations both on and off-screen, has expressed her shock after hearing that the 40-year-old — real name Lee McQueen — reportedly took his own life at his London flat.
A statement from Parker reads: “I am shocked and overcome with grief upon learning about the untimely death of the quiet genius Alexander McQueen. My heart goes out to his family and all those who worked for and with him.
“There has never been anyone like him. And there simply never will be. What is more devastating is that, despite all his success thus far, creatively, critically and commercially, his greatest achievements lay ahead of him. The future would be whatever he hoped to make of it.
“In my brief but honored time spent with him I learned he would never let even the tiniest and seemingly inconsequential detail be unfinished. That’s why his death is so haunting. Godspeed, Lee. It has been a privilege for all of us to know you.”
Singer-turned-designer Beckham has echoed Parker’s sentiments, saluting the Brit’s body of work: “McQueen was a master of fashion, creative genius and an inspiration. Today the fashion industry has lost a true great, an icon of all time. He made all he touched beautiful and will be desperately missed.”
And actress Bonham Carter insists she’s heartbroken by reports that McQueen’s suicide was prompted by the death of his beloved mother a week ago.
She adds, “It’s absolutely tragic. What horrible news. It’s just horrendous to think that someone was so devastated by his mother dying. I loved McQueen. Tim (Burton, her partner) did some drawings for one of his shows, did a shirt with him together. He had such lovely vision; originality comes quite hard these days.”
McQueen’s most recent collection was slated to appear at New York Fashion Week on Thursday, but the presentation was canceled.
Police investigating the case have reportedly stated McQueen’s death will not be treated as “suspicious.”
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