Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Kate Spade's cause of death confirmed amid rumors of alcohol abuse

Kate Spade's cause of death confirmed amid rumors of alcohol abuse

Spade is believed to have hanged herself with a red scarf tied to her bedroom doorknob, according to The New York Times, which reported that she'd left a note.

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

This same source also said that Andy was "shook up" after his partner's death, and anxious about the impact her passing might have on their daughter. "We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy".

He also shares that Kate was actively seeking help for her depression and anxiety for the last five years, and was proactive about seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication to treat her symptoms.

Andy Spade said he and his wife had made a decision to take a break and had lived in separate residences for 10 months. "We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce".

Spade - a Missouri native who first worked as a journalist, including a stint as accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine - launched her Kate Spade fashion label in 1993 with her husband Andy and the help of outside investors.

"There was a moment when you couldn't walk a block in NY without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colorful and unpretentious", Wintour said in a statement.

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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.

Our thoughts are with Kate Spade's loved ones during this hard time. "But we certainly miss our bright, sun-shiney little person". 'We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how. We loved creating our businesses together.

An unnamed source told Page Six that Kate had been a "major alcoholic", while additional anonymous sources also claimed that Kate appeared to have a drinking problem. "We were co-parenting our handsome daughter". "We loved each other very much and simply needed a break", Andy Spade added. The couple recently had started a new handbag company, Frances Valentine.

"My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother", his statement concludes.

"We are grateful for the incredible outpouring of love and support the family has received over the last few days", the statement reads.

Kate Spade was known for her colourful designs.

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