Mike Bruno
February 17, 2010 AT 12:13 PM EST

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen died of asphyxiation after hanging himself in a wardrobe in his London apartment, a British coroner’s official said today. There was a note nearby, but the contents were not revealed. Full details will be made available in a few months. In the days before his death last Thursday, McQueen, 40, left a series of messages on Twitter indicating he was in a dark state of mind after the recent death of his mother. [AP]

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