Iconic designer, Kate Spade is DEAD at 55!
The American fashion designer was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2018. Ms. Spade was known for her bold, colorful and classy aesthetic. She was 55.
The police said Tuesday that Ms. Spade, 55, was discovered unresponsive at a Park Avenue apartment, where she had hanged herself in her bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:26 a.m. She left a note, but the police chief of detectives, Dermot F. Shea, declined to comment on what it said. Spade’s 13-year-old daughter was at school. Shea wouldn’t discuss what was in the note, but law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that, among other things, it contained a message to the teenage girl telling her it was not her fault. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The word is that she hung herself with her very own KATE SPADE scarf.
“It appears at this point in time to be a tragic case of apparent suicide,” he said. “It is early in the investigation.”
A housekeeper found Ms. Spade, the police said. She was unconscious, and the housekeeper called 911.
“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” the Spade family said in a statement. “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”
The company she founded and later sold, Kate Spade New York, now has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally.
Julia Curry, a spokeswoman for the company, said that “Kate will be dearly missed” and “our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”
[If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.]