Tributes are pouring in for the designer Kate Spade who died by an apparent suicide on Tuesday morning.
The star of Netflix hit “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Rachel Brosnahan has paid tribute to her aunt “Katy” Spade, the Irish American designer who died by apparent suicide in her New York apartment on Tuesday morning.
“Knowing Katy, this is how she would want to be remembered,” wrote the 27-year-old actress in an Instagram post on Wednesday. The video showed her aunt dancing with husband Andy Spade to a mariachi band.
"She had a light that words can't capture but touched everyone she came into contact with," Brosnahan continued.
"She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was effervescent.
"Hug your loved ones extra tight today."
Knowing Katy, this is how she would want to be remembered. She had a light that words can’t capture but touched everyone she came into contact with. She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was effervescent. Hug your loved ones extra tight today.
Spade’s brother-in-law, the comedian David Spade, also posted a tribute to the founder of the Kate Spade New York brand, stating “I still can’t believe it.”
"Fuzzy picture but I love it," he wrote. "Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day.
"She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still can't believe it."
Kate Spade married David’s brother Andy in 1994, a year after the couple started the fashion brand Kate Spade New York together. Never officially named Kate Spade, the 55-year-old was born Katherine Noel Frances Brosnahan in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 24, 1962, to Earl Francis Brosnahan, Jr. and June Mullen. Three of her great-grandparents were Irish emigrants. The company was named as a combination of her own and Andy Spade’s name.
Her husband Andy is believed to have been in their Park Ave apartment at the time of her death while their 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrice was at school. The New York Times reports that her housekeeper found Spade hanging from a doorknob in her bedroom and immediately called 911. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:26 am.
A suicide note was also found at the scene, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. Addressed to her daughter, the note is said to have also referenced her husband.
“We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly," the family said in a statement Tuesday. "We would ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”
The family has not commented on the statement made by Spade’s sister to her local newspaper that the designer had battled with her mental health for years before her death.
“I will say this was not unexpected by me,” Reta Saffo wrote in an email to their hometown newspaper, The Kansas City Star.
"Sometimes you simply cannot SAVE people from themselves!"
In America, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you need help, you can also text LISTEN to 741741. The Crisis Text Line will respond 24/7/365.
In Ireland, Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For support please call 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland or 08457 90 90 90 in Northern Ireland.