Inquest hears designer Alexander McQueen died after taking "cocktail" of drugs

FASHION designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself after taking a cocktail of legal and illegal drugs.

The 40-year-old'sbody was found in a wardrobe at his flat in Mayfair, central London, on February 11, the day before his mother Joyce's funeral.

The inquest into his death heard how he had taken cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquillisers prior to committing suicide.

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The coroner's court heard that McQueen had a history of depression, anxiety and insomnia and had researched suicide on the internet prior to taking his life.

Westminster Coroner Dr Paul Knapman said the designer had "killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed".