Alexander McQueen’s will was made public Tuesday, and while the late fashion designer left most of his $26 million estate to charities, he also put aside a large chunk for the upkeep of his dogs. Minter, a mongrel, Juice, an English bull terrier, and Rhodesian ridgeback Callum received $82,000 in the will for their care. McQueen, who was something of an animal lover, also donated about $165,000 to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and The Blue Cross, two animal-centric organizations.
McQueen, who committed suicide last year at the age of 40, left 250,000 pounds each to his five siblings (about $400,000), and 50,000 ($82,000) pounds each to his two-person household staff, his godson, and each of his nieces and nephews. And of course his beloved pups.
McQueen loved his dogs so much that they were included in his suicide note, the last line of which was “Please look after my dogs. Sorry, I love you. Lee” (Lee was his first name). And McQueen had been quoted saying “My dogs are the only thing in the world I really trust. They’re loyal and their love is unconditional. There’s an honesty between me and my dogs. If I do anything bad, they’re like: ‘Here he goes—he’s a freak.’”
Here’s a photo of portraits of McQueen’s dogs from the winter-spring 2008-2009 issue of Arena Homme +. From left to right, Minter, Juice and Callum: