Kate Spade's name was answer to 'Jeopardy!' question just a day before suicide

Jun 07, 2018
01:47 A.M.
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The Jeopardy! episode that aired on Monday featured a question about deceased fashion designer Kate Spade.


55-year-old Kate Spade, who made a mark in the fashion industry with her designs, committed suicide in her Upper East Side home on Tuesday, June 5.

Coincidentally, her name was the answer to one of the cryptic questions on the popular game show Jeopardy! the night before Spade passed away.

In the episode that aired on Monday night, the question about Kate Spade was asked under the category ‘Designer Initials.’

The clue to the $800 answer was her initials K.S. along with the hint that the designer had made a name for herself in the 1990s with those initials on handbags. The contestant Leslie Manion was able to give the right answer. 


The following morning, Spade’s body was found by her housekeeper. According to CBS News, Spade was discovered with a scarf tied around her, which was attached to the doorknob of the bedroom.

The New York Post reported that representatives of law enforcement cited the reason behind her suicide as an overwhelmed state of mind owing to familial and marital troubles.

Spade left a suicide note for her daughter, 13-year-old Frances Beatrix Spade. 

Although the contents of the note have not been made public, officials revealed that Spade assured Frances that she was not at fault for her mother’s decision.


While it is known that Spade’s husband Andy Spade was in the apartment when her body was discovered, the exact time of death is yet to be confirmed. 

According to Pop Culture, a full autopsy will also be conducted by a medical examiner.

Spade’s work gained a lot of recognition in the 1990s. She and her husband launched the brand Kate Spade New York, which rapidly expanded as one of the most celebrated brands in global fashion.

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