Designer Kate Spade, who committed suicide in NY this week, had been treated for depression and anxiety for five years, her husband said Wednesday. It had been reported that the fashion designer fell into deep depression days before hanging herself because her husband moved out of their home had sought a divorce. "She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, amusing as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known".
He said her death was a "complete shock".
"We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how", he said.
"Kate Spade's tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry". We loved creating our businesses together.
In his statement, Andy Spade says the pair had been living separately for 10 months but were not legally separated, nor had they been discussing divorce, as was claimed in some media reports. "We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly".
Andy Spade says his main concern is protecting Frances Beatrix's privacy as she deals with "unimaginable grief". "We want to honor her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most honest condolences to the family".
"The family is disgusted and saddened that at this time of great sorrow, Kate's sister who has been estranged from the entire family for more than 10 years would choose to surface with unsubstantiated comments", the source said. She got her start in fashion working for Mademoiselle magazine in the fashion accessories department. Arons, who worked with both Kate and Andy Spade during the period they were separating, said they continued to work well together.
How did Kate Spade die?
"She'd been taking some pills, which I advised her not to take", Brosnahan told the Kansas City Star on Wednesday. Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. "Kate loved Bea so very much". "I would never do that, ' and I believed her".
As the media coverage of Kate Spade's apparent suicide is showing no signs of subsiding, one of the designer's brothers, Earl Brosnahan, issued a statement Thursday thanking the torrent of strength people have provided and took aim at erroneous leaks to the media.
"I think they're all right".
Upon the company's launch, the designer known for her eponymous offerings added "Frances Valentine" to her own name, she told NPR.