Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment of an apparent suicide on Tuesday, according to published reports. She was 55.
Spade’s body was found hanging in her Park Avenue apartment by her housekeeper. According to news reports, she left a note before taking her own life.
Spade, real name Katherine Noel Brosnahan, was the force behind her own successful clothing label, Kate Spade New York.
Spade founded the company with her husband of 24 years, Andy Spade, in 1993. She launched her clothing line, including shoes and accessories in 2004.
She is survived by her husband and daughter. Spade is also the sister-in-law of actor/comedian David Spade and the aunt to “Amazing Mrs. Maisel” actress Rachel Brosnahan.