Designer Kate Spade suffered depression for years, husband says

Henrietta Brewer
June 9, 2018

The New York Post and TMZ reported that Kate Spade left a suicide note addressed to her daughter, telling her not to blame herself for her mother's death.

Actress Rachel Brosnahan thinks her aunt Kate Spade would want to be remembered as the kind of person who would dance to the song of a mariachi band with a big smile on her face.

In a statement Tuesday, a rep for the brand-which Spade sold a majority share of to Neiman Marcus back in 1999-said their founder would be "dearly missed".

"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he said.

"It was a complete shock. Ask Daddy!" While it is not clear what she meant by adding, "Ask Daddy", some interpret it as her way of blaming Andy for her decision to end her life. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:26 a.m., The Times said.


Kate and Andy Spade were having marital difficulties before she died of an apparent suicide by hanging, according to a number of reports. They saw and spoke with each other every day, took care of their daughter, and went on vacations together.

The 55-year-old then emphasized that he and Spade did their best to work on their problems and stayed pretty much in love with each other for years. Andy, who had been separated from Kate for a few months, was living in a nearby apartment.

In an e-mail exchange with The Kansas City Star, Reta Saffo, one of the designer's five siblings, said family members "struggled mightily" to get Kate Spade the help she needed but to no avail.

It had been rumored that Kate had been abusing alcohol and other substances, and that her depression worsened over concerns about Frances Valentine.

"She was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out", Saffo tells the newspaper via email.


News of Spade's death broke on Tuesday. The 55 year old is best known for her handbags.

"We were freaked out/saddened", Saffo said of Williams' death, "but she kept watching it and watching it over and over".

Fashion designer Kate Spade was said to be obsessed with the suicide of actor Robin Williams. Andy said he had not seen the note.

Kate's suicide note may indicate that her split from Andy was one reason that she took her own life. "There were no business problems", he said in his statement. Ms. Arons, who worked with both Mr. and Ms. Spade during the period they were separating, said they continued to work well together.

"I am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media", he said. We were coparenting our lovely daughter.


He shared a blurry candid photo of the two of them at a family Christmas party.

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