Kate Spade's husband reveals marriage troubles after designer's death

Kate Spade's husband reveals marriage troubles after designer's death

TRIBUTES poured in for fashion designer Kate Spade, famous for her range of distinctive handbags, after she was found dead in her NY home.

The husband of fashion designer Kate Spade, who apparently took her own life Tuesday, says his wife was getting help for anxiety and depression.

Born Kate Brosnahan, she achieved fame in the fashion world under the name Kate Spade. Kate Spade's older sister, Reta Saffo, emailed the Kansas City Star and revealed that Spade had been suffering from mental illness for the past couple of years and that she'd been "self-medicating with alcohol".

"We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly", Kate's family said in a statement to to the New York Daily News. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this.

He said her death was a "complete shock". Her look - bright colours and clear lines - quickly gained attention, appearing on the shelves of upmarket NY department stores quite soon. "There were personal demons she was battling".

Her husband said they had been living separately for the past 10 months but saw each other or spoke every day.

First daughter Ivanka Trump, a fellow New Yorker with a clothing and accessories line, wrote on Twitter that Spade's death was "a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry".


Over the years, Brosnahan and Spade appeared together on red carpets and other events as the actress' star rose. "Ask Daddy!" she wrote to her 13-year-old daughter Frances, according to TMZ.

She admitted that they had different approaches to work, with Andy being "more relaxed, more of a risk taker", while she was "a little more detailed and uptight, neurotic".

Over the past few years, Spade "disappeared" from the NY social scene.

Despite several attempts by Kate Spade's family to get her help, her pain was too much for her to handle, explained Saffo. The family continued to eat meals and take vacations together, he said. She could make me laugh so hard. "Anything else that is out there right now is false.", he continues. "But also elegant", said Spade.

Police said she may have taken her own life because of money and marital problems. Spade was found dead Tuesday in her NY apartment. We were coparenting our handsome daughter. "We honor all the beauty she brought into this world".

"I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media", his statement reads, before asking for privacy for the couple's daughter.

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