Kate Spade found dead at 55 in apparent suicide


Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday morning following an apparent suicide. She was 55.

According to multiple reports, Spade hung herself inside her Upper East Side apartment. Spade's housekeeper found her in her bedroom at around 10:20 a.m. Eastern Time hanging from a red scarf tied to a doorknob, police revealed.

The mother of one was unconscious and her housekeeper immediately called 911. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:26 a.m. The designer also left a note, though officials didn't disclose what it said.

The designer is most famous for her namesake label that she founded in 1993 with then-boyfriend Andy (actor David Spade's brother). The following year, in 1994, the couple tied the knot.

Though Spade's company originally started as a handbag line, it has expanded into a clothing and jewelry brand through the years. The designer's bold and bright prints have become synonymous with her brand, which has more than 140 retail and outlet stores in the U.S. and more than 175 stores internationally.

Spade sold her company in 2007 to take off time to raise her daughter Frances, who was born in 2005. In 2016, she reentered the fashion world with a brand named after her daughter called Frances Valentine.

Spade leaves behind husband Andy and daughter Frances, who is now 13 years old. For more on Spade, watch the video above.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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