How Kate Spade Hoped to Be Remembered, in Her Own Words

The source went on to say that the 55-year-old designer was a "kind, generous, funny, warm, and extremely private person". She also shared that in one of the last conversations she had with her sister, Spade asked her to come to her funeral.

She was married to her husband Andy, who she met while she was studying at Arizona State University. "But those that knew her well, knew she suffered for years with depression".

Celebrity news website TMZ cited police sources as saying Spade had fallen into depression in recent weeks after her husband left her and was seeking divorce.

Saffo said she had come "very" close to getting her sister into a treatment facility. "Kate's suicide has made some friends question what they could have done to change the horrific outcome". They said she left a note at the scene. The couple has a 13-year old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade.

"This was someone that really valued her private life and I don't think Kate could live in the cruel world that we live in today". Her husband Andy was home at the time.

Kate Spade's family is "disgusted" by her older sister's detailed comments about her battle with mental illness which they say show that she "didn't know" the designer "at all".

"I'd flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past 3-4 years to help her to get the treatment she needed (inpatient hospitalization)", Saffo wrote. "They agreed to fly in and talk with her and take her with them to the treatment center".

Another Instagram fan of Ivanka's wrote: "Very sad".

Comedian David Spade is still reeling from the apparent suicide of his fashion designer sister-in-law Kate Spade.

Following the news of her death, Spade's family released a statement noting they were devastated by the loss of the designer, the New York Times reports. Luxury fashion brand Coach bought the company in 2017 in a $2.4-billion deal.

In a February 2017 interview with NPR's How I Built This podcast, the designer admitted that she had always been a nervous person and that she had often anxious about her company, Kate Spade New York, going under in the early years. He none the less is right to offer his sympathies to Kate Spade's family in the space of 48 hours. "We had so much fun that day", he said.

"I still can't believe it", he continued. "Its (sic) a rough world out there people, try to hang on". "She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, amusing as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known".