The details of Lee Alexander McQueen’s will have been released, revealing that family, his pups and his charities were most important.
The designer, who committed suicide in February 2010, divided his $26 million fortune between his dogs, his family and his favorite charities.
Over $80,000 (£50,000) was left to care for his dogs Juice, Callum and Minter, the Daily Telegraph is reporting. His will stipulated that the money be used “for the upkeep and maintenance of my dog or dogs so long as my dog or dogs shall live.” Following his death, a note was discovered in the designer’s flat which read: “Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee.”
McQueen left the same sum (£50,000) to his housekeepers, Marlene and Cesar Garcia. It was Cesar Garcia who found McQueen’s body.
The rest of the late designer’s sizable fortune was left to his five siblings ($407,500 each), his godson and nieces and nephews ($81,500 each), and the following charities: Terrence Higgins Trust, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre, and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire ($163,000 each).
The remainder and bulk of McQueen’s estate was left in a trust to his Sarabande charity. According to the Telegraph, he requested the charity use the money to fund bursaries or grants for students at his alma mater, Central St. Martin’s.