PETA Slammed For 'Disgusting' Response To Karl Lagerfeld's Death

Twitter users have been left outraged after the animal rights organisation took a final swing at the iconic fashion designer, less than an hour after news broke of his death.

Recognised worldwide for his distinctive white ponytail, black sunglasses and gloves, the fashion icon and longtime creative director of Chanel and Fendi,  died at the age of 85.

Just minutes after the news broke, PETA issued a statement on Twitter:

"Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis's loved ones".

The backlash came thick and fast -- some labelled PETA 'cold' others said the statement was 'cruel'.

It wasn't just the tweet that sparked outrage, journalists said they also received a press release in the hour after news of his passing.

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PETA back peddled hours later, issuing a second response in an effort to defend its original statement claiming:

"PETA's President Ingrid Newkirk is nearly 70, almost of the same generation as Mr. Lagerfeld and wore fur garments for years. Hence, there is nothing snarky in the remark that fur's time has passed".

It's no secret that Lagerfeld had a love for furs and exotic animal skins.

He used everything from crocodile and lizard skins to stingray skins in the clothing he designed for Chanel and Fendi, and often defended his decisions to do so.