Fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself inside a wardrobe in his London apartment on Thursday after leaving a note nearby, a British coroner's official told an inquest Wednesday. The contents of the note were not released by the coroner's office, which is charged with formally identifying the circumstances of the designer's death.

Days before his body was discovered by his sister, McQueen had left several messages on Twitter revealing his grief at the death of his mother days earlier. He died on the eve of her funeral.