A friend of Elton's has been found dead, and it is believed to be a suicide.
Alexander McQueen had been upset by the recent passing of his mother.
He is credited with helping revive the once-moribund British fashion industry.
Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour called the designer ''one of the greatest talents of his generation.''
Kanye West called him ''a genius'' who was ''important and special.''
Other fans included Bjork and Lady Gaga.
Lee Alexander McQueen, seen below with Elton, was 40.