Kate Spade’s Husband Releases Statement Following News of Her Suicide Death, Says She Suffered From Depression

This May 13, 2004 photo shows fashion designer Kate Spade during an interview in New York. Spade was found dead in an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The husband and business partner of designer Kate Spade, who died in an apparent suicide, said she suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.

Kate and Andy Spade
She was actively seeking help during the last five years, “seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety,” Andy Spade said in a statement released Wednesday.

The designer was found hanged in the bedroom of her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday morning. She was 55 and had a 13-year-old daughter.

Spade was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with her husband in their New York apartment in 1993.

“We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this,” Andy Spade said. “It was a complete shock.”

Her husband said they had been living separately for the past 10 months but saw each other or spoke every day. He said they were not legally separated and never discussed divorce.

“We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how,” he said.

SOURCE: AP News