Kate Spade Found Dead Of An Apparent Suicide At 55
Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead this morning in Manhattan in her Park Avenue apartment, hanging from a scarf tied to a doorknob. She was 55.
Spade was born in 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1993, she and her husband Andy Spade launched the New York–based design company “Kate Spade handbags.” Appropriately then, her name soon become one of the biggest, if not the biggest, names in handbags.
The Kate Spade brand was noted for its bright prints, and Spade herself embodied her design’s cheerful aesthetic, as she was known for her bouffant hairstyle and big nerdy glasses.
In 2016, Spade launched a new venture called Frances Valentine. She was so excited by this brand that she added the words “Frances” and “Valentine” to her own legal name.
In addition to her husband, Spade is survived by their daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. Other surviving family members include her brother-in-law, actor/comedian David Spade (Andy’s brother), and her niece Rachel Brosnahan, star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
For anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.