Famous Fashion Designer Kate Spade Commits Suicide, Tributes Come Pouring In
Kate Spade, a world famous clothing designer, was found dead Tuesday in her Upper East Side home. A housekeeper found the 55-year-old designer in her home on Park Avenue in New York City. Spade had hung herself, police sources said.
Kate Spade New York has more than 140 retail shops and around the U.S., and more than 175 elsewhere in the world. The designer’s family, a husband and teenage daughter have said that they are devastated by the loss and asked for privacy.
Spade used to be a fashion editor for magazine Mademoiselle and then in the 1990s started her line of handbags that swept the nation and since then her accessories empire has grown internationally.
The editor-in-chief of Vogue and general fashion mogul Anna Wintour said, “Kate Spade had an enviable gift for understanding exactly what women the world over wanted to carry.”
According to The New York police department, the evidence and circumstances of the death pointed towards a tragic suicide. Condolences and tributes poured in from celebrities and stars alike.
My heart and prayers go out to Kate Spade and her family. What a wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed.
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) June 5, 2018
I decided to wear head-to-toe Kate Spade to an event tonight to honor her contributions to fashion and women in business. I always admired that she was self-made and was so sad to hear the news of her passing. Rest easy, Kate..and thank you for making so many women feel wonderful pic.twitter.com/fuRCrv8Ozx
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 6, 2018
Stephanie Ruhle, a famous news personality
Your bright style has lit us up with joy for decades.
I took your messenger bag to class
Sent your thank you notes to my wedding guests
Served my kids birthday cake on your dishes
Girls like me wanted to wear you, hang with you & be you.
Thank you & good night.#katespade
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) June 6, 2018
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help. https://t.co/eruSexNoGj
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade forever🙏🏿😢
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) June 6, 2018
Even huge retail stores Nordstorm and Bloomingdale’s tweeted their condolences for the designer:
We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Kate Spade’s passing. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/JwiiMbpAS7
— Nordstrom (@Nordstrom) June 6, 2018
— Bloomingdale’s (@Bloomingdales) June 5, 2018