Kate Spade’s Brother Earl Brosnahan Asks for Family Privacy

Spring colored handbags on display at the Kate Spade boutique within Macy’s in New York on Sunday

The businesswoman was found dead in her apartment in NY, according to U.S. reports.

When Spade's suicide was reported Wednesday, many of her fans said it was hard to reconcile the grim news with a treasured brand synonymous with a carefree NY lifestyle.

Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead at the age of 55 in her NY apartment on 5 June.

"We honor all the beauty she brought into this world", read a statement released by Kate Spade New York in the hours after her death became known.

Spade was 55, and is survived by her husband, Andy, her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, and her brother-in-law, actor David Spade. He said, "At 5-years-old she was trying on her mother's shoes". Andy said as he entered an SUV. We loved creating our businesses together. "There were no business problems". It was a complete shock.

Spade's former company issued a statement saying her death was "incredibly sad news".

He says that despite reports to the contrary, while he and Kate were living separately for a brief period of time, they were not legally separated or considering divorce. In her suicide note it's reported, Spade wrote, "Bea - I have always loved you".

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Elsewhere, Saffo claimed she tried to help her sister to receive help for her bipolar disorder, for which she claimed Spade refused to receive treatment for.

He stressed that Kate had not been abusing any substances or alcohol, nor had there been any business problems.

She was married to her husband Andy, who she met while she was studying at Arizona State University.

Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Kate Spade New A Kate Spade handbag on diplay at the Leopard Leopard Leopard Pop-Up Shop hosted by Kate Spade New York & Man Repeller on September 28, 2017 in New York City.

Brosnahan said he and Spade had discussed "her sadness, which is what we liked to call it".

Liz Claiborne then bought the company shortly afterward for a reported $124 million, before it was acquired by Coach $2.4 billion past year. Although he said he and his sister often spoke several times a day, it sometimes became hard to get her on the phone. An updated story provided more detail including that Cariaga "tried desperately to save Kate's life". As you may know, Kate isn't the only one to pass away due to suicide by hanging.

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