Kate Spade was found dead inside her NYC apartment after hanging herself on June 5. The iconic fashion designer was just 55. Get the details…
Kate Spade, 55, hung herself inside her Park Avenue apartment in New York City on June 5. Spade was found hanging from a ligature made from a red scarf on a bedroom doorknob at 10:20 AM ET by her housekeeper and was pronounced dead on the scene. On the day of her suicide, NYPD released the following statement to HollywoodLife.com: “I can confirm it was an apparent suicide. On Tuesday June 5 at approximately 10:20 AM a police officer responded to a 911 call about an unconscious person. Upon arrival the officer discovered a 55-year-old woman named Katherine Brosnahan unconscious inside [her] Park Avenue apartment. EMS resounded and pronounced her dead on the scene. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.”
The designer left a note to her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade, 13, according to TMZ, who broke the story. The note allegedly read, “Bea — I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!” But Kate’s husband, Andy Spade, 55, denied this claim the next day. “I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media,” he told Variety. Andy also said that Kate suffered from depression and anxiety. “She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives,” he said. “We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”
Another source close to Kate mirrored these thoughts, telling Hollywoodlife EXCLUSIVELY, “She was not a depressed person. This is so absolutely shocking. Hanging yourself is very dark. This is completely unexpected. We had no idea she was feeling this way.”
The news of Kate’s death came after Coach bought the Kate Spade company in a $2.4 billion deal. The designer launched the now famous handbag line in 1993, along with her husband (David Spade‘s brother). The Kate Spade brand has expanded into clothing, jewelry, perfume, shoes, and lifestyle, and now has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S., as well as more than 175 shops internationally. Kate also launched another fashion brand, Frances Valentine, which was inspired by her family and named after her daughter.
Katherine Noel Brosnahan was born in Kansas City, Missouri, which is where her funeral will take place on June 21. She leaves behind her husband of 24 years, Andy Spade, and her daughter. At the time of her death, Andy had his own Manhattan apartment. “For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other,” he explained in his statement. “Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family. Our daughter was our priority. We were not legally separate, and never even discussed divorce. We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how.”
HollywoodLife.com has reached out to representatives for Kate Spade and her company. In a statement released on June 5th, Kate’s company wrote, “Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.”
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).