Kate Spade's husband says she battled demons but death was complete shock

Sergio Cunningham
June 8, 2018

Contrary to some media reports, Spade said "she was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety for the last five years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety". "Bea is his only concern and number one priority at this point", the insider said. She was honored twice by the Council of Fashion Designers of America throughout a career marked by cheerful colors and peppy patterns.

Spade was found dead in the bedroom of her Park Avenue apartment on Tuesday. "This thing better work", she said in the interview. Kate allegedly left a suicide note that was addressed to her daughter.

Andy, 55, said he and Kate had lived separately for almost a year, but denied that either of them was seeking a divorce.

Spade, 55, died by suicide at her Upper East Side apartment on Tuesday morning.

They moved to NY in the mid-1980s before Kate launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993.

Now, the Medical Examiner's Office has released information on Thursday stating that Kate took her own life.

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Andy added that he is focusing on his daughter and "protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother". "She was the kindest person I've ever known and my best friend for 35 years", the businessman said in a lengthy statement to The New York Times.

Kate Spade had anxiety and depression for years, her husband said. He also said his daughter would be glad if ongoing, global talk about her death were to have a positive impact. "So pretty I dont think everyone knew how f***ing amusing she was".

Earl "Frank" Brosnahan, Spade's father, has also spoken out about his daughter's death, telling The Kansas City Star he'd spoken to Spade the night before.

"She didn't say why she did it", a police source said of Kate's final message. Others cited unnamed fashion industry insiders who claimed Spade had been "drinking a lot" and was dealing with business problems. She sold the mega-successful company in 2007 before launching a new handbag brand, Frances Valentine, in 2016.

"For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other", he said. "You'll never know if it's clinical depression, you'll never know if it's financial stress".

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