The revolutionary Kate Spade

American fashion designer Kate Spade died aged 55 on 5th June 2018

Kate Spade New York issued a statement confirming the "incredibly sad news" of their eponymous founder's death.

Kate's suicide note may indicate that her split from Andy was one reason that she took her own life.

"Even though I've never met her, she touched my life", said Kate Spade fan Karen Geraghty. This is not your fault.

Kate Spade's family is "disgusted" by her older sister's detailed comments about her battle with mental illness which they say show that she "didn't know" the designer "at all".

Saffo said she'd come close to getting Kate Spade into treatment, but she backed out every time. "She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, amusing as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. So pretty. I dont (sic) think everyone knew how f-ing amusing she was". "She was always a very excitable little girl and I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive", she told the paper.

Meanwhile, other family members strongly disputed Saffo's assertion that Spade's suicide was not "unexpected" or Saffo's depiction of the fashion icon's final years.

Kanye West jumped on Twitter to wish the family of Kate Spade his condolences, a post raising awareness for mental health education. "She was so sharp and quick on her feet", he recalled. "She was also a staple of NYC who spread goodwill".

She married David's brother Andy in 1994 and the two started the fashion brand Kate Spade a year later, CNN reports.

Kate Spade founded famous fashion and handbag brand that bears her name in 1993 with her husband. "It was a time in the marriage when it was right for them to be apart", she said. Spade also leaves behind their daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. "For example, I love a good shoe and a good bag, and I know that she was largely influenced by my grandmother, her mother, June".

"She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, amusing as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known". Saffo said that she "tried numerous times to get her help".

She walked away from the company in 2007, a year after it was acquired from the Neiman Marcus Group for $125 million by the company then known as Liz Claiborne Inc.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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