News of Kate Spade's unexpected death sent shockwaves through the fashion world and beyond after it was revealed she took her own life at the age of 55. Now, more details surrounding her untimely passing are surfacing, including why the successful fashion designer committed suicide. It is being reported that Kate was depressed because her husband wanted a divorce.
According to TMZ, Andy Spade was living in a separate apartment from his wife of over 20 years, and law enforcement officials revealed that after interviews it was clear he wanted a divorce and Kate did not. It was also reported that Kate and Andy were having relationship problems before her suicide and Andy was apartment shopping months before her death, per The Blast.
This sheds even more light on the note she left behind for her 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix Spade, which allegedly read, "Bea — I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!" Following the news of her death, Kate's family members spoke out and revealed that the statements made by her estranged sister, claiming the fashion icon struggled with mental health issues and that her death was not unexpected, are not true.
"The family is disgusted and saddened that at this time of great sorrow, Kate’s sister who has been estranged from the entire family for more than 10 years would choose to surface with unsubstantiated comments," a source told People magazine. "Her statements paint a picture of someone who didn’t know her at all." In a separate statement, her family wrote, "We are all devastated by today’s tragedy. 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."
Kate's brother-in-law David Spade shared a sweet Instagram post honoring Kate's memory, captioning the photo, "Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it." Our thoughts are with Kate's family and friends during this difficult time.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.