David Spade 'can't believe' sister-in-law Kate Spade is dead

David Spade 'can't believe' sister-in-law Kate Spade is dead

The NYPD confirmed to ET that Kate, 55, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday and her body was discovered by an individual who was employed by her.

The sister of fashion designer Kate Spade says she may have taken her own life because of a struggle with mental illness.

Liz Claiborne acquired the company in 2007, the same year Spade left her namesake brand.

Kate Spade was seeing doctors and taking medicine for her disease, Andy Spade said in a statement released Wednesday.

"Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand", the statement said. "There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he adds. "It was a complete shock". And it clearly wasn't her.

Her sister said in an e-mail to CBS that she believed Spade suffered from bipolar disorder.

Born Katherine Brosnahan in Kansas City, the designer later moved to NY, where she met Andrew Spade - brother of actor and comedian David Space - who would become her husband and business partner.

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

"I, personally - I don't know about Andy - took off a good nine years raising my daughter, and absolutely adored every moment of it", she said. We were together for 35 years. He dispelled rumors that his wife was abusing drugs and alcohol or reeling from business problems. A note was found at the scene. Alongside the bright bags, she also designed luxury shoes, sunglasses and accessories.

Kate Spade's husband reportedly sought a divorce before her apparent suicide on Tuesday.

There were media reports that Kate Spade left a suicide note.

Saffo said she flew to New York City and Napa several times in the past three or four years in this effort. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Spade's housekeeper found her with a red scarf around her neck.

Important note: If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. "She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, amusing as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known".

On social media, many women were recalling their first Spade bag. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can't even begin to fathom life without her. "The last person on earth you'd think would take her own life".

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