Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Housekeeper who found Kate Spade dead considered designer her 'best friend'


In the statement, released by Variety, Spade touched on subjects, including the grief his family is feeling and Kate's battle with depression.

Kate Spade's older sister, Reta Saffo, emailed the Kansas City Star and revealed that Spade had been suffering from mental illness for the past couple of years and that she'd been "self-medicating with alcohol".

"She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives", Spade said in a statement to The New York Times.

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The carefree, poppy designs captured the imagination of women worldwide - but would become an albatross around Spade's neck, as she struggled with bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, Saffo said.

"Kate Spade's tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry".

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand a year ago for $2.4 billion, seeking to broaden its appeal.

Brosnahan, whose mother Carol was Spade's sister, on Wednesday shared a video on Instagram of the designer dancing with husband Andy as a mariachi band plays in the background.

The note allegedly said: 'Bea - I have always loved you.

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The source went on to say that the 55-year-old designer was a "kind, generous, funny, warm, and extremely private person".

Spade is survived by her husband, designer Andy Spade, and their 13-year-old daughter.

Kate was found dead in her Manhattan apartment of apparent suicide on Tuesday, the NYPD confirmed to ET.

Kate and Andy Spade had one daughter together. "But also elegant", she said in the interview. A decade later, they started a new company, Frances Valentine, which focused on shoes and handbags. As the shocking news spread, Bravolebs took to social media to speak out about the death and what the designer and brand meant to them.

"She was all set to go, but then chickened out by morning".

He said, "We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy".

"I grew up in the Midwest, where you have to have it (a fashion item) because you like it, not because you're supposed to have it", she told the AP in 2004. I thought, OK, really?

"We honor all the beauty she brought into this world", the company said in a tweet.

Important note: If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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