Drugs Played a Role in Alexander McQueen's Suicide

McQueen, who was no stranger to destructive behavior, was hopped up on tranquilizers and cocaine before he died.

Drugs Played a Role in Alexander McQueen’s Suicide

McQueen, who was no stranger to destructive behavior, was hopped up on tranquilizers and cocaine before he died.

-Carolyn French

Alexander McQueen

A report released Wednesday by London coroner Paul Knapman revealed Alexander McQueen was under the influence of drugs prior to taking his own life on February 11.

The British fashion designer had ingested anti-anxiety medication, sleeping pills, tranquilizers and cocaine after learning of his mother’s death – which took place mere days before McQueen hanged himself.

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“[McQueen] had a history of self-harm and, no doubt fueled by cocaine, he resorted to desperate measures to end his life,” Knapman noted in his report.

Dr. Stephen Pereira, McQueen’s psychiatrist, was quoted as saying that his famous patient suffered from depressive disorder and insomnia, but would frequently skip his appointments.

What is perhaps more heartbreaking than his lifelong struggle with depression is the fact that McQueen had attempted suicide by overdosing on drugs twice in 2009.

The death of his mother was the final straw, and according to Pereira the 40-year-old designer “felt that was the one link that had gone from his life and there was very little to live for.”

We wish with all our heart that we could have done something to help McQueen before it was too late. (E! Online)

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