Fashion designer Kate Spade, committed suicide after husband sought divorce
Kate and Andrew Spade married in 1994
Spade, 55, hanged herself with a scarf inside her home at 850 Park Ave. near East 77th Street on Tuesday morning
She left a suicide note to her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade, 13 – “Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!”
However, the designer’s sister Reta Saffo, revealed the fashion icon suffered from years of debilitating depression and refused to get medical help
Saffo said of her sister “I’d come so VERY close to getting her to go in for treatment, “She was all set to go, but then chickened out by morning”
In the end, the ‘image’ of her brand [happy-go-lucky Kate Spade] was more important for her to keep up – “She was definitely worried about what people would say if they found out” – Saffo
The designer’s husband Andy [left], reportedly had asked Kate [right], for a divorce ending their 24-year-old marriage, before she took her life on Tuesday
Kate Spade fell into a deep depression days before hanging herself because her husband Andy, who reportedly, had moved out of their Park Avenue home, sought a divorce, according to a report.Spade was depressed over her business problems and separation from her husband, which was causing her to drink a lot … this according to cops. She was was alone in her apartment when she tied a scarf around her neck, attached it to her closet door knob and hanged herself in her bedroom.
Andy Spade, separated from Kate for a few months, was living in a nearby building. He was at his apartment when he learned Kate had committed suicide, he told cops.
The despondent 55-year-old fashion designer did not want her 24-year marriage to Andrew to end, TMZ reported, citing law enforcement sources.
The house keeper found Spade after she hanged herself with a scarf inside her home at 850 Park Ave., New York on Tuesday morning, leaving a suicide note to her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade, 13, [seen photo with Kate].
According to TMZ, Andrew and Kate had separated and he was living in a nearby apartment. – In the suicide note to her daughter, Kate Spade suggested that Andrew would know why she took her life.
“Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!” she wrote in the final missive, according to sources and the TMZ report.
Kate Spade’s husband, Andrew, was home when the suicide was discovered, but Frances was at school, sources said.
However for the designer’s sister Reta Saffo, told the Kansas City Star that this turn of events had a certain air of inevitability and didn’t come as a total surprise to her, all things considered.
Saffo revealed that the fashion icon had suffered from years of debilitating depression and refused to get medical help, fearing how that’d look for her “happy-go-lucky” image, the fashion icon’s sister said, according to a report Tuesday.
In the end the combination of stress and untreated mental health issues turned into a fatal cocktail. Related:
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Born Katherine Brosnahan in her native of Kansas City, Missouri, the fashion designer ultimately took her own life inside her Park Avenue apartment leaving a suicide that came as no surprise to sister Reta Saffo.
“I will say this was not unexpected by me,” Saffo wrote in emails to the Kansas City Star newspaper.
“She was always a very excitable little girl and I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive”
Saffo said that within the past three or four years she tried and tried to get her sister Kate the help she so desperately needed.
“I’d come so VERY close to getting her to go in for treatment, [to the same place Catherine Zeta-Jones went for her successful bipolar treatment program].
I’d spoken with them on the phone [not telling them exactly who the patient would be]. They agreed to fly in and talk with her and take her with them to the treatment center,” Saffo wrote.
“She was all set to go, but then chickened out by morning. I even said I [would] go with her and be a ‘patient’ too [she liked that idea] . . . That seemed to make her more comfortable, and we’d get sooo close to packing her bags, but in the end, the ‘image’ of her brand [happy-go-lucky Kate Spade] was more important for her to keep up.
“She was definitely worried about what people would say if they found out.”
Kate Spade seen with husband Andy and daughter Frances, was caught in the tossup between her health and the stress of maintaining her brand image, according to her sister
Spade’s husband and business partner, Andy Spade, also played a key role in the efforts to get the fashion icon to get help for her condition, to no avail, according to Saffo.
At some point, the family realized there was only so much that could be done: “After numerous attempts, I finally let go,” Saffo wrote.
“Sometimes you simply cannot SAVE people from themselves!
Saffo said Spade made a dark and simple request – to come to her funeral. – One of the last things she said to me was, ‘Reta, I know you hate funerals. . . but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least.”
“She was a dear little person. So dear — so kind, so funny. I’ll miss our 6-7-hr-long phone conversations between NY and NM,” Saffo wrote.
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