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Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead

Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead

She leaves behind her husband, Andy, and a 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix.

It is not clear how long Spade had been dead but the medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

Celebrities mourned designer Kate Spade on social media after she was found dead in her apartment of an apparent suicide Tuesday.

The Kansas City native, who had changed her name to Kate Valentine, was 55 and was known to keep close ties to her hometown. I couldn't blink. If I blinked, she'd fall.

"We want to honour her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most honest condolences to the family". "It's an adornment, not an obsession".

CBS New York reports Spade's body was discovered by her housekeeper at her home on Park Avenue at 10:20 a.m. Sources tell CBS she left a suicide note.

Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, bought the company from Spade in May a year ago for US$2.4 billion.

Officials on the scene said they could not give more detail while the investigation is still ongoing.

Spade received many prestigious awards, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for "America's New Fashion Talent in Accessories" in 2006.

David Spade has broken his silence following the death of Kate Spade Tuesday.

The New York Police Department confirmed the designer's death under her birth name, Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

American singer-songwriter Josh Groban wrote that "depression does not discriminate and comes without warning" and sent "love to her family" while posting the phone number for the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Spade, known for a popular line of handbags, sold a controlling stake in her namesake company to Neiman Marcus in 1999. Last year, the brand was purchased by Coach for US$2.4 billion (S$3.2 billion). In 1993 Spade launched her fashion label, Kate Spade New York, with her husband Andy.

She left Mademoiselle in 1991, and noticing a dearth in fashionable-yet-sensible handbags, chose to strike out on her own.

"I will never forget the first Kate Spade bag I got for Christmas in college", Jenna Bush Hager tweeted.

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