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Drew Bernstein


Fashion designer Drew Bernstein was found dead in an L.A.-area canyon this week.

The 51-year-old, who founded punk-Goth clothing company Lip Service in 1985, died from an apparent suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's office told local media on Tuesday. Bernstein, also known as "Lippy," was found dead by firefighters near Laurel Canyon Park on Monday.

Lip Service posted an emotional message on their official Facebook page today in the wake of Bernstein's suicide.

"Yesterday we lost our founder and dearest friend, Drew (aka Lippy)," reads the message. "He was a good man who inspired everyone around him and there are not enough words to express how deeply he was loved and will be missed. RIP Drew Bernstein 1963-2014."

They also posted a collage of photos of the late fashion designer.