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Sarah Jessica Parker "Overcome With Grief" At Death Of Alexander McQueen

Feb. 11 2010, Published 7:48 a.m. ET

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Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker is ‘shocked and overcome with grief’ at the tragic death of her British designer friend Alexander McQueen.

Parker released a statement Thursday detailing her grief at her friend’s  death at the age of just forty, “ I am shocked and overcome with grief upon learning about the untimely death of the quiet genius Alexander McQueen.

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“My heart goes out to his family and all those who worked for and with him. In his atelier, his showroom, his stores and various business interests that were so rapidly growing, he was beloved. By all of them.

“He was talented well beyond his years and the seriousness and unrivaled talent  which he applied to his work is in bountiful display year after year and collection after collection.

“Every single inspired, original, lofty, whimsical, stunning, brilliant and jaw dropping detail was Alexander Mcqueen. 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.

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“His independence, his skill, his quiet fortitude, his devotion, his love of his work, family and friends will be an unthinkable loss.

“And the vigilance with which he protected his work and those he loved was both incredibly powerful and quietly heart rending.

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“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. God speed Lee. It has been a privilege for all of us to know you.”

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Parker – who regularly wore his outfits on the show and subsequent movie – cited McQueen as one of her favorite designers.

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At the London premiere for the Sex And The City movie she wore one of McQueen’s green dresses with her now infamous Philip Treacy green butterfly and floral hat.

McQueen, 40, reportedly hung himself at his Mayfair, London apartment after becoming deeply depressed following the recent death of his mother Joyce.

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Three years ago almost to the day McQueen also lost his close friend Isabella Blow, who was credited with discovering the fashion talent and helped make him a star, she also killed herself.

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McQueen had been working hard in the run up to his untimely death, he was working on his new collection that he was due to unveil at Paris Fashion Week on March 9.

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Victoria Beckham, who was frequently photographed in McQueen designs, said: “McQueen was a master of fashion, creative genius and an inspiration.

“Today thhe fashion industry has lost a true great. An icon of all time. He made all he touched beautiful and will be desperately missed.

“My heart is very much with his family and friends at this very sad time.”

The designer was also a favorite for Lady Gaga, Rihanna and even Prince Charles, amongst others.

A rep from McQueen's office released a statement saying: “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 McQueen's family.”



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