New York Fashion Designer, Kate Spade, passed away of an apparent suicide on June 5th in her Manhattan apartment. She was 55 years old.
Official sources report that the designer hanged herself using a scarf tied to her bedroom doorknob and left behind a note with an apparent message to her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade: "This has nothing to do with you. Don’t feel guilty. Ask your dad." Many speculations believed that Spade's suicide came after her husband, Andy Spade, sought a divorce.
The couple launched the design company in 1993, where they initially sold handbags. The brand later extended to jewelry, clothing, stationery, fragrances, and much more.
Two days after the designer's unexpected death, Mr. Spade released a heartbreaking statement where he clarified the relationship they had. "We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break. This is the truth," he penned.
In the letter, he describes Kate as the most beautiful woman in the world, the kindest he's ever known, and his best friend. He also opened up about her battle with depression and their daughter, Bea.
Read the entire statement below:
“Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.
Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.
For the past 10 months we had been living separately but within a few blocks of each other. Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family. Our daughter was our priority. We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce. We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how. We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break.
This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false. She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety. There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter. I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media.
My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother. Kate loved Bea so very much.”
If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicide, please seek professional help.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255