Fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead at her New York City apartment in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement officials.
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BREAKING: Law enforcement officials: Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York in apparent suicide.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 5, 2018
According to reports, the iconic fashion designer was discovered unresponsive in her Park Avenue apartment this morning at 10:20 AM and immediately pronounced dead on the scene. She reportedly died by hanging.
Confirming the news, the Kate Spade New York brand shared a statement on Twitter, writing, “Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.”
— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
Spade started her namesake fashion label, Kate Spade New York, in 1993 as a handbag brand. In the years to follow, the designer expanded into ready-to-wear, jewelry, shoes, and more before leaving the brand in 2006. Most recently, she launched a new fashion brand, named Frances Valentine after her daughter, in 2016.
She is survived by husband, fellow designer Andy Spade, and their 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade.
Our thoughts are with the family of Spade at this time.
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If you or someone you know is exhibiting warning signs of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US