Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Kate Spade's Husband Releases Statement: 'There Was No Indication And No Warning'

Kate Spade's Husband Releases Statement: 'There Was No Indication And No Warning'

She was 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 last night.

In an interview a day after Spade's death by suicide, Cariaga's son Mark Roldan said his devastated mother described the handbag fashion icon as her "best friend".

"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he writes. It was a complete shock.

A former Mademoiselle editor who made her first handbags out of tracing paper and staples, Ms. Spade started her company at the urging of her college sweetheart, Andy Spade, now her husband and a full-time principal.

He also says the two had been living separately, but had not discussed divorce. This time Tapestry, the company formerly known as Coach, paid $2.4 billion for it. Spade's death left a legion of celebrities and fans of her designs heartbroken.

Andy Spade also said neither he nor anyone else in the family had been shown the note left by Kate Spade, but read about it in media accounts.

According to reports, the New York City medical examiner's office confirmed that Kate Spade died due to suicide by hanging.

Cariaga found Spade "unconscious and unresponsive" in her Park Avenue apartment and went for help. Among the subjects Andy Spade covered in his statement were Kate's longtime bouts with depression and anxiety, the status of their 24-year marriage and the rumors that their new business venture was floundering. "We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already". Although he said he and his sister often spoke several times a day, it sometimes became hard to get her on the phone.

He added that Spade would be "delighted" if she knew her death inspired a national discussion that might help people struggling with mental illness.

TMZ reported that the contents of the note said: "Bea - I have always loved you".

"She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories", they said. "A very tragic and sad ending to the life of a very colorful and delightful being". "We would talk a lot about it and end up laughing", she said. "She has a brand loyalty like none I have ever seen", Hitha Herzog, chief research officer of H Squared Research, told ABC News.

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