The following comes from London's Evening Standard:

"The 40-year-old millionaire was found this morning at an address in Westminster. He had hanged himself.

His suicide comes just three years after his close friend, Isabella Blow - who helped him become a rising star - also killed herself. Scotland Yard confirmed that they had been called to an address in Green Street by the ambulance service at 10.20am.

A spokeswoman said that a man, aged 40, had been found dead at the scene. She added: 'The death is being treated as non-suspicious.'

McQueen, the son of a taxi driver who was born in the East End, trained in Savile Row and went on to make suits for Prince Charles and Mikhail Gorbachev. He won the distinction ofbeing named British designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003. The designer was also awarded the CBE, as well as being named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer.

His death, which came just a week before the start of London Fashion Week, shocked the fashion world this evening. Sue Whiteley his former CEO at McQueen said: 'This is devastating news. He was an unforgettable part of my life. He was a talent who was beyond others. People who worked with him would give 100% and more because he was totally inspiring. This is an unimaginable loss for the fashion world. He was able to bring creativity to whatever he turns his hand to, from perfume bottles to every piece of clothing. It is a dark, dark day to hear this news. He was a British icon in fashion whose loss is unimaginable.'

Alexandra Shulman, editor of Vogue, said: 'He was the most brilliant designer of his generation and his influence can be seen in the way that women dressed over the last 15 years. It is an incredible loss not only for British fashion but for fashion the world over.'

A source at McQueen's office this afternoon confirmed his death, saying: 'It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.'"