Acclaimed designer Kate Spade was found in her New York home dead of an apparent suicide, according to multiple news sources.
The New York Times reported that Spade was found unresponsive by her housekeeper in her Park Avenue apartment. A note was also found at the scene, but officials gave no comments on its contents. Spade was declared dead at the scene at 10:26 am.
Spade, born Katherine Brosnahan on December 24, 1962, was best-known for her massively popular empire of sophisticated yet functional style accessories, handbags, and clothes for American working women of all ages. Spade was a trailblazer in ‘90s-era American contemporary design, and founded Kate Spade in 1993 with Andy Spade and friend Elyce Arons.
Spade’s delightfully cheeky, colorful, and office-appropriate products were quickly established as one of the first American lifestyle brands, which led the way for companies like J Crew and Tory Burch.
Survivors of Ms. Spade include her husband, who was at the scene, and her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, the whereabouts of whom are yet to be confirmed.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or chat with them online. For local resources, you can contact Seattle Mental Health at 206-224-2840, the Crisis Clinic of King County at 206-461-3222, or the Teen Line at 206-461-4922.