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Kate Spade Dead At 55

Kate Spade Dead At 55

Andy Spade said that he and his daughter Bea were "devastated by her loss, and can't even begin to fathom life without her".

The NYPD confirmed to ET on Tuesday that Spade, 55, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment of an apparent suicide, and her body was discovered by an individual that was employed by her.

Meanwhile, Spade and her husband - brother of comedian David Spade - started a new handbag company a few years ago, Frances Valentine.

He said she "sounded happy" the night before and her death was a complete shock.

Kate's husband and creative partner Andy Spade released a statement to the New York Times on Wednesday, acknowledging that the couple had hit a rough patch in their marriage and had been living in separate apartments, but insisting they had no plans to divorce.

First daughter Ivanka Trump, a fellow New Yorker with a clothing and accessories line, wrote on Twitter that Spade's death was "a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry". She met her frequent collaborator and future husband Andy Spade in the mid-1980s, when both were students at Arizona State University working in the same clothing store, they told The Impression, a fashion publication. "She was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out".

Brosnahan told the Star that Spade would be "delighted" if she knew her death inspired a national discussion that might help people struggling with mental illness. She was 55 years old.

Law enforcement sources told the Associated Press she appeared to have died from a suicide, and she left behind a note.

Among the subjects Andy Spade covered in his statement were Kate's longtime bouts with depression and anxiety, the status of their 24-year marriage and the rumors that their new business venture was floundering.

"She was happy and we made plans to meet in California", Brosnahan says. We loved creating our businesses together.

Kate Spade had no alcohol, business or substance abuse problems, he said. "Kate loved Bea so very much". "We were co-parenting our attractive daughter".

"My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother", his statement concludes.

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand a year ago for $2.4 billion, seeking to broaden its appeal. "We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly".