Fashion Designer Kate Spade Is Dead at 55 [Updated]


Fashion designer Kate Spade has died. She was 55.

TMZ reports that Spade was found dead in her apartment Tuesday morning. CBS New York describes her death as an “apparent suicide.”

This is a breaking news story. We will update this post as we learn more.

Update (8:10 p.m.)

Spade’s family released a statement on Tuesday that reads, “We are all devastated by today’s tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”

The Kate Spade company also released a statement, saying, “Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand. Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”

Fellow designers and celebrities continue to offer their condolences.

If you would like to speak with someone, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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