Kate Spade, 55, was found dead on the morning of Tuesday, June 5, in her New York City apartment. According to TMZ, while it’s unclear who found her, Kate was in her home on Park Avenue and there are reports it was suicide.
Kate and Andy Spade — David Spade’s brother — launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993 and got married in 1994. Jack Spade, a fictional name, is the men’s complement to the Kate Spade brand. By 2004, Kate Spade & Co. was worth $2.5 billion,. Kate sold her company in 2007 to spend more time with her family but re-entered the fashion game in 2016 with the launch of a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine.
Currently, Kate Spade has over 180 stores around the world and is sold in more than 400 stores worldwide.
via NBC New York:
Fashion icon Kate Spade has been found dead of an apparent suicide in her Manhattan home, law enforcement sources tell News 4. She was 55 years old. A staff member found Spade hanged from a scarf on a bedroom door at her Park Avenue residence Tuesday morning, a senior law enforcement official and other law enforcement sources say.
The NYPD didn’t confirm Spade’s identity, but did confirm a 55-year-old woman was found unconscious and unresponsive shortly before 10:30 a.m. at a Park Avenue address on the Upper West Side that sources say belongs to Spade.
According to the Associated Press, a note was found at the scene, though the details of that note weren’t immediately clear.
Kate Spade’s Reported Cause of Death
Kate Spade died of an apparent suicide at the age of 55-years-old.