12:40 PM PT: Page Six reports the note Spade left was addressed to her daughter, letting her know the suicide was not her fault. The girl was at school when Spade took her life, her husband however, was at home.
11:05 AM PT: Kate Spade New York released a statement about the death:
They also said, “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.”
9:28 AM PT: Law enforcement sources tell us Spade hanged herself from a scarf attached to a doorknob in her bedroom.
Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her upscale Manhattan apartment and it is believed she took her own life.
The 55-year-old business mogul was reportedly found by a housekeeper after hanging herself, and allegedly left a suicide note.
NYPD tells us they received a 911 call Tuesday at 10:20 AM for an unconscious person at Spade’s address. When they arrived, they found the designer unconscious and unresponsive in her bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene and no foul play is suspected.
Spade taped a tour of her apartment in 2016 during an interview with People. She did not show her bedroom but spoke on her love for the home and her family.
The CFDA released a statement on her passing, via Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb, saying, “The CFDA is devastated to hear the news of our friend, colleague, and CFDA member Kate Spade’s tragic passing. She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories. We want to honor her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most sincere condolences to the family.”
Spade, the sister-in-law of comedian David Spade, started her iconic handbag company with husband Andy back in the ’90s.
She sold off her company over a decade ago to focus on her family, but a couple years ago jumped back into the fashion game with a new brand launch.
Spade leaves behind one daughter, Frances Beatrix.
If you, or someone you know is in need of support, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.