Kate Spade Found Dead At 55


"She was the kindest person I've ever known and my best friend for 35 years", the businessman said in a lengthy statement to The New York Times.

Early reports of Kate's death mentioned a possible note the designer left behind for her daughter - something that, if it exists, should absolutely have been kept confidential by everyone who arrived at the scene.

Andy Spade said in a statement Wednesday that his wife was seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication to treat her disease.

He stressed that Kate had not been abusing any substances or alcohol, nor had there been any business problems. Others cited unnamed fashion industry insiders who claimed Spade had been "drinking a lot" and was dealing with business problems. "We were co-parenting our attractive daughter".

"I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media", he said.

Spade, 55, rose to prominence in fashion starting with her line of handbags in the 1990s, starting a company along with husband Andy Spade.

"Our daughter was our priority", he said. "We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce", he wrote.

Andy Spade said his main concern is protecting their 13-year-old daughter's privacy as she deals with "unimaginable grief". "We loved each other very much and simply needed a break".

And by all accounts, it appears Spade had a special place in her heart for the woman who helped keep her homes and cook for her family. In late 2016, Spade and her husband launched another shoe-and-handbag company called Frances Valentine.

This May 13, 2004 photo shows designer Kate Spade during an interview in NY. She got her start in fashion working for Mademoiselle magazine in the fashion accessories department.

"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he said.

Most shocking of all, Reta revealed, "One of the last things she said to me was, 'Reta, I know you hate funerals and don't attend them, but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least". She loves spending her time outdoors as much as possible.

Brosnahan told the Star that Spade would be "delighted" if she knew her death inspired a national discussion that might help people struggling with mental illness.

Frances Valentine, with which she was involved until her death, focuses exclusively on shoes and handbags.