Kate Spade's sister unexpectedly discloses alleged reason for her suicide

Cheryl Kahla
Jun 06, 2018
08:34 A.M.
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Renowned fashion designer and entrepreneur, Kate Spade, committed suicide on Tuesday, at the age of 55. Her body was found in her Park Avenue apartment.


As reported by CBS News, Kate's older sister believed that she was bi-polar and said in an e-mail to CBS News that her struggle with mental illness might have led to her death.

She explained in the e-mail that she tried on numerous occasions to reach out to Kate and offered assistance but to no avail. 

'It finally took its toll on her. A very tragic and sad ending to the life of a very colorful and delightful being.'

Reta Saffo, CBS News, June 6, 2018. 


Her husband, Andy Spade, was home at the time of her death, but her housekeeper found Kate's body. No foul play is suspected, and a suicide note was also found at the scene. 

The contents of the note could not be revealed in its entirety, but authorities say it was addressed to Kate's 13-year-old daughter, 'telling her it was not her fault.' 

NYPD Chief Dermot Shea also couldn't share details about the physical state of the apartment but confirmed that the matter is being treated as a suicide case. 

Kate rose to fame in the early nineties when she and Andy founded Kate Spade New York and revolutionized the fashion industry with her colorful yet elegant handbag designs. 


Her company was founded on six handbag designs which she believed every woman needed and later expanded into a clothing range as well. 

CNN reported that Kate Spade New York was sold to Neiman Marcus in the late nineties, and Kate stepped away from the limelight to focus on her family and raise her daughter.  

When news of her death made headlines, Kate Spade New York tweeted their condolences and said their thoughts are with the family 'at this incredibly heartbreaking time.' 

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