Celebrities and designers react to Kate Spade's untimely death at 55

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 06, 2018
10:45 A.M.

On Tuesday fashion designer, Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment. It was ruled that her passing was due to suicide.


In response to her death, many celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts. Reese Witherspoon and Chelsea Clinton were some of the stars who took to Twitter about Spade’s passing.

Kate Spade was found dead at 55 from an apparent suicide and the fashion world and Hollywood is reeling from the tragic loss. Spade founded her namesake brand in 1993 with husband Andy Spade.

They sold the company in 2007. A couple of years later in 2016, she began another accessories brand called Frances Valentine, which was named after her 13-year-old daughter.


Spade was known for her colorful bags and accessories. Finding out about her passing led celebrities and fashion insiders to share tributes to the fashion designer.

‘The CFDA is devastated to hear the news of our friend, colleague, and CFDA member Kate Spade’s tragic passing. She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories.’

CFDA, People, June 5, 2018

CFDA Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg and CEO and President Steven Kolb released a statement. ‘We want to honor her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most sincere condolences to the family,’ read part of their message.


On Twitter, Lena Dunham called Spade ‘more than a designer.’ Dunham added that the fashion designer had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike.


Reese Witherspoon remembered Spade as a wonderful and talented woman. She shared in her tweet that the fashion designer would be dearly missed.


Many people also shared the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Fashion influencer and designer Nicolette Mason and former Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive were among them.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa.

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