Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment, police announced Tuesday.
BREAKING: Law enforcement officials: Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York in apparent suicide.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 5, 2018
A housekeeper found Spade, 55, dead at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday at her home on 850 Park Avenue in Manhattan, CBS New York reports.
The New York Post’s PageSix reports that Spade hanged herself with a scarf tied to a doorknob and officials pronounced her dead at the scene.
The fashion designer also left a note, the report says.
A housekeeper found Spade unconscious and called 911, police said. Police said Spade’s husband was at the apartment when she took her life. Spade is survived by her husband, Andy, and their daughter, 13-year-old Frances Beatrix Spade. The late fashion designer is also survived by her brother-in-law actor David Spade and her niece Rachel Brosnahan, who stars in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Spade, born Kate Brosnahan in December 1962 in Kansas City, was a pioneering fashion designer known for launching her “Kate Spade” line of chic handbags in the 1990s.
The beloved designer started the Kate Spade accessories brand with her husband in 1993, but sold the fashion line to Neiman Marcus in two installments. The pair sold the majority of their stake in the company to Neiman Marcus in 1999 for about $34 million, and sold the rest of their company to the luxury department store in 2006 for an additional $59 million. Coach acquired the Kate Spade brand in 2017.
The Kate Spade Twitter account acknowledged its founder’s passing, while celebrities and political figures offered their condolences.
— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help. https://t.co/eruSexNoGj
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2018
My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 5, 2018
The passing of Kate Spade is a stark reminder that we never know the struggles of a person regardless of their outward persona. If you or anyone you love is struggling, there is help. You don’t have to be alone.
The Natl Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255 #RIPKateSpade
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) June 5, 2018
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018