Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in apartment

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Spade was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment on Tuesday morning from an apparent suicide. Kate Spade's Sam bag: A look at her iconic handbagReta Saffo told the Kansas City Star the past three or four years, Spade suffered from debilitating mental illness and that her suicide was "not unexpected". A note was reportedly found at the scene, but officials did not reveal any further details.

Kate and her husband Andrew first launched their line of designer handbags back in 1993 - they would eventually branch out into clothes. By that time, Ms Spade had sold of most of her company to department store Neiman Marcus.

Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, bought the Kate Spade brand in May 2017 to tap millennials, who are drawn to the company's quirky satchels and colorful tote bags.

Ms Spade leaves behind her husband of 24 years Andy Spade and daughter Frances Beatrix Spade.

The handbag mogul was a co-founder of the designer label Kate Spade New York, which she later sold.

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Comedian David, who is the brother of Kate's husband Andy, took to social media to remember the late designer in a heartbreaking message.

Her bright and colourfully-patterned designs became a trademark for her brand, which is recognisable for having the spades playing cards symbol logo. Kate also changed her name to Kate Valentine.

News of her death shocked the fashion world and led to an outpouring of tributes from her legions of fans. She did not show her bedroom but spoke on her love for the home and her family.

If you or a loved one is experiencing depression, emotional distress and/or a suicidal crisis, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Actor David Spade has broken his silence following the tragic death of his sister-in-law Kate Spade. "I still have it", tweeted Chelsea Clinton.

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