A postmortem found he died from asphyxia due to hanging, while toxicology reports found “significant levels” of cocaine in his blood, along with Zopiclone, a prescription sleeping pill, and Midazolam, a tranquilizer. There were also lacerations to his wrists, and a knife and dagger were discovered in the designer’s bedroom and bathroom. A laptop in McQueen’s bedroom had an Internet page open displaying a page that asked the question, “When someone slits their wrists, how long does it take for them to die?”
Knapman paraphrased a note written by McQueen that was found at the scene. “It could be described as saying his goodbyes,” he said, adding the last lines read: “Please look after my dogs. Sorry, I love you. Lee.” The designer had three dogs.
“It was obvious what he intended,” Knapman added. The note was written on the back of a book called “The Descent of Man,” a series of pencil drawings by the artist Wolfe von Lenkiewicz that depict Darwin-inspired images such as Marilyn Monroe with a horse’s body and a Jesus-like figure with a butterfly in place of a head. McQueen’s final ready-to-wear show for spring 2010 counted Darwin among its inspirations.