(TMZ)Law enforcement sources confirm a housekeeper found Kate’s body at 10:20 AM ET in her Park Avenue home. We’re told she hanged herself using a scarf tied to her bedroom door knob. She was pronounced dead on the scene. We’re also told she left a note.
Kate got her start in the ’80s working for women’s magazine “Mademoiselle” in Manhattan, when she moved in with Andy Spade — David Spade‘s brother. She and Andy met while attending Arizona State University and working at a clothing store.
Together, they launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993, and it blossomed into a full-scale clothing and jewelry line. Kate and Andy got married in 1994.
Kate sold her company in 2007 and took some time off to raise her daughter — but got back in the game in 2016 by launching a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine … named after her daughter, who’s now 13 years old.
Kate was 55.
This is a sad tragic story. When someone who is this young and seemingly has everything, I struggle to understand. But it’s not for me to understand, I guess. People have issues and we can’t know what was going on in her head that made her think this was the best solution. It’s very sad for her 13 year old daughter. I can’t imagine losing my mother, let alone at that age.
Celebrities reacted to the tragic news on Twitter.
Very sad. RIP.
Condolences to her family and friends.