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Iconic Handbag designer Kate Spade commits suicide, reason unclear

The fashion world is in grief subsequently losing one of its gems. Kate Spade (55), an American fashion designer who gave the fashionable, iconic and accessible handbag line has recently committed suicide at her Manhattan apartment, according to New York Police Department sources.

At her house police also recovered a suicide note in which Kate addressed her daughter and husband.  The police and her relatives came to know about her death after her cleaner discovered her body. The cleaner called the police soon after the scene and the Police responded at 10:10 a.m.

Spade’s 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix, was not at home when the death occurred, police say.

Meanwhile, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that suicide is the 10th leading cause of premature death in the US.

Katherine Noel Brosnahan, known professionally as Katy Brosnahan, later Kate Spade and Kate Valentine, was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the founder and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

After working in the accessories department at the fashion magazine Mademoiselle, Brosnahan and her husband Andy Spade founded the business in 1993, identifying a market for quality stylish handbags. The handbags that she designed and produced quickly became popular due to their sophistication and affordability; they have been described as a symbol of 1990s New York City.

The company expanded into other product lines. In 1999, she sold a 56 percent stake in Kate Spade New York to Neiman Marcus Group; in 2006 she sold the rest of her shares. In 2016, she and partners launched a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine.

In a statement passed by the Kate Spade New York issued a statement confirming the “incredibly sad news” of their eponymous founder’s death.

“Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand,” the statement said. “Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”

“We honour all the beauty she brought into this world,” the company said in a tweet.

— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018

Her husband and business partner said that Kate Spade had been taking medication to deal with depression and anxiety, but that her death was a complete shock. He further stated that she was normal and a night before her death, reports BBC News

Though the actual cause of her death is unknown and the police are investigating further to know clearout the reason of her death.

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