AlexanderMcQueen
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals, Fashion, People
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Fashion icon Alexander McQueen has left a good chunk of money to his three beloved pet dogs.

Minter, Juice and Callum will receive £50,000, just short of $82,000. The money is to be put into a trust for the upkeep of the bull terriers for the rest of their lives.

Not only did his furry friends get money, but McQueen also left a bulk of his estate in a trust to his Sarabande charity. He made requests that the charity consider using the money to fund bursaries or grants for students at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, where he studied fashion. Sarabande is also the name of his spring/summer 2007 collection.

Four other charities also each received £100,000, about $164,000, including the Terrance Higgins Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire.

Spencer Wisdom, solicitor and legacy manager for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, said, “We’re thrilled that such an icon of the fashion world chose to leave a lasting gift to the home.”

At 40-years-old, McQueen died the day before his mother’s funeral, after hanging himself and taking cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilizers on Feb. 11, 2010.

He also left money to his two housekeepers, his godson, each of his nieces and nephews and to each of his three sisters and two brothers.

“Alexander was a devoted animal lover and a great supporter of Battersea, and we know he would be so proud to see his generous donation helping care for the thousands of dogs and cats at Battersea in need of a new home,” Wisdom added.

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Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • LittleMe

    A devoted animal lover?! He obviously didn’t have much love for the animals tortured and killed so their fur could be used for his collections.

  • Kyle Noble Quandel

    Ironic, considering how much fur he used in his designs.

  • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

    he never did see videos of fur farms ? Strange to call a fur peddler an “animal lover”..

  • Michael Raymer

    “after hanging himself and taking cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilizers on Feb. 11, 2010.”

    Sorry….couldn’t resist.

  • Lemhi

    Oh shut up Kyle. Your care for animals is your “karma” response for a shallow and empty heart! Yes, treat the animals who don’t know any better than the way you treat…oh I don’t know a waiter in restaurant. Does this link ring a bell?

    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/bizarre&id=4506399