Designer Alexander McQueen commits suicide at age 40.

News of fashion designer Alexander McQueen's death by his own hand has rocked the international fashion industry. 

According to the latest reports, his office 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.' .

McQueen was due to present his Fall 2010 collection in Paris next week. It is not known if the show will go on.