David Spade on Kate Spade's suicide: She ‘wouldn’t have done it 5 minutes later’

David Spadeopened up about the death of his late sister-in-law Kate Spade one year after her passing in a new interview.

“I feel like Katy wouldn’t have done it, five minutes later,” he told the New York Timesin a piece published on Monday, July 22. “But these things happen and there’s no going back.”

The Rules of Engagement actor, 55, who is gearing up for a new talk show on Comedy Central called Lights Out With David Spade, also recalled his brother Andy Spade‘s wife’s tendency to be a homebody. “Katy was so funny,” he told the publication. “I don’t know if agoraphobic is the word, but she didn’t like to mingle a lot; she’d have people at her house and she was always so funny.”

The iconic fashion designer died of suicide by hanging at the age of 55 after being found “unconscious and unresponsive” by her housekeeper on June 5, 2018.

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Kate Spade during The 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards - Arrivals at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Kate Spade during The Fresh Air Fund Salutes American Heroes at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Designer Kate Spade arriving at the 2002 Ace Awards presented by The Accessories Council at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. November 5, 2002. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Kate Spade during The Concert for New York City - After Party at Hudson Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Kate Spade during 13th Annual Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Kate Spade with husband and brother-in-law David Spade at the 20th Annual American Fashion Awards at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. 06/14/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Kate Spade during 17th Annual CFDA Awards at JP Morgan Atrium in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Designer Kate Spade is photographed at her offices. (Photo by David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kate Spade and Andy Spade during Costume Institute Benefit Dance: 'Party of the Year' - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Kate Spade during 14th Annual GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards - Red Carpet at American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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Kate Spade during CFDA 7th on Sale Kick-Off - Red Carpet and Inside at Sky Light Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage for LaForce and Stevens)
NEW YORK - JUNE 7: Designer Kate Spade attends the '2004 CFDA Fashion Awards' at the New York Public Library June 7, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Kate Spade, Andy Spade and Ruth Lande Shuman, founder/president of Publicolor (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
David Spade and Kate Spade during Photographer's Gallery Presents Slim Aarons Curated by Kate Spade at Fred Segal Cafe in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 30: Kate Spade and Andy Spade attend PARSONS The NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN 59TH ANNUAL BENEFIT and FASHION SHOW Honoring SUSAN D. KRONICK, Vice Chairman, Federated Department Stores, Inc. at Grand Hyatt on April 30, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Kate Spade attends the 2015 Basser Center For BRCA Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Kate Spade speaks on stage at Build Series Presents Kate Spade and Andy Spade Discussing Their Latest Project Frances Valentine at Build Studio on April 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
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Her family gave a statement to the Associated Press at the time: “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 namesake brand, which she stepped down from in 2007, also gave a statement to Us Weekly. “Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand. Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”

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David Spade and Kate Spade attend a gallery exhibition of photographer Slim Aarons’ work curated by Kate Spade at Fred Segal Cafe on February 16, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.Matthew Simmons/Getty Images

David also lost his stepfather to suicide at the age of 15. The comedian broke his silence on Kate’s death via Twitter on June 6: “Katy at my book signing,” he captioned a photo of himself with the businesswoman. “I love this pic of her. So pretty. I don’t think everyone knew how f–king funny she was. … Its a rough world out there people. Try to hang on.”

Andy, 56, who had amicably separated from Kate 10 months ahead of her death, revealed in a statement that same day that his spouse had been struggling with anxiety and depression “for years.” “She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives,” the statement read. “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.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: David Spade is seen on July 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0897 -- Pictured: Comedian David Spade during an interview on July 17, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 30: David Spade and Harper Spade attend Columbia Pictures And Sony Pictures Animation's World Premiere Of 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' at Regency Village Theatre on June 30, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actor David Spade attends 'The Week Of' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on April 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03: David Spade is seen on April 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) David Spade attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF18/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: David Spade attends the 7th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for for J/P HRO Gala)
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DEL MAR, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: David Spade performs during KAABOO Del Mar at Del Mar Fairgrounds on September 17, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and David Spade at the after party for a special screening of The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) at Chateau Marmont Theater on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Netflix)
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The former couple shared daughter Frances, 14.

The Black Sheep star gushed over Kate’s memory later that month. “She was such a beautiful, lovely, great spirit that obviously will be missed,” he said.

Andy, meanwhile, paid tribute to his former love on the anniversary of her death.

“You were illumines [sic] and we feel your presence wherever we go,” he wrote on Instagram. “I want to thank you for all the wonderful gifts you gave me over the years. For your beauty, intelligence and grace under pressure. For your boundless generosity, unflappable honesty and kindness to all living things. For your strength, courage and conviction to your ideals. For your belief in me and so many others. For your infectious laughter and sharp wit. There is no dull moment with you.”

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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