Kate Brosnahan Spade, who created an iconic, accessible handbag line that bridged Main Street and high-end fashion, has died at the age of 55.
According to New York Police Department, she hanged herself in an apparent suicide on Tuesday, June 5 at her Manhattan apartment.
A year into being an attorney, my first splurge on myself was my (still) perfect #KateSpade black purse. Functional, crisp, professional, gorgeous. It takes a beautiful mind to design beautiful things. #RIP pic.twitter.com/NieF3sS7uI
— C???????? (@ChayaBaliga) June 5, 2018
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that police responded at 10:10 a.m. after Kate was found by her housekeeper. He further said that a suicide note was found at the scene.
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
According to NYPD sources, in her last note, Kate addressed her daughter and her husband in the note.
The late designer, who was born on 24 December 1962 in Missouri, United States, started Kate Spade New York in 1993 and according to the company's website, three years later, she opened her first shop in the city.
The site states,
Debuting with just six silhouettes, she combined sleek, utilitarian shapes and colorful palettes in an entirely new way,
Best known for its colorful handbags, Kate's company has more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 stores internationally.
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
Kate Spade New York released a statement confirming the "incredibly sad news" of their talented founder's death.
The statement reads,
Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand. Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.
The company also said in a tweet, "We honor all the beauty she brought into this world".
— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
Rest In Peace Kate!