In a statement to People, her husband Andy Spade, said that "Kate had suffered from depression and anxiety for many years" and that "she was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives". "Bea is his only concern and number one priority at this point", the insider said.
The 89-year-old says he was completely caught off guard and overcome by the sudden loss. Police responded to her apartment at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday after Spade was found by her housekeeper, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.
Federal health officials said on Thursday that U.S. suicides had risen by 30% since 1999, and presents a "growing public health problem".
Spade hanged herself with a scarf inside her home at 850 Park Ave. near East 77th Street on Tuesday morning, leaving a suicide note to her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade, 13.
In his statement, Andy Spade says the pair had been living separately for 10 months but were not legally separated, nor had they been discussing divorce, as was claimed in some media reports.
How did Kate Spade die?
This May 13, 2004 photo shows designer Kate Spade during an interview in NY. She said she never had any regrets about selling Kate Spade New York and shared a humorous story about going into a Kate Spade store to purchase her daughter a gift. "She doted on her daughter". "She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, amusing as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known".
"We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how", Andy Spade said. He also said his daughter would be glad if ongoing, global talk about her death were to have a positive impact. We were together for 35 years.
"Kate designed with great charm and humor, and built a global empire that reflected exactly who she was and how she lived".
When Spade's suicide was reported Wednesday, many of her fans said it was hard to reconcile the grim news with a treasured brand synonymous with a carefree NY lifestyle. "We loved each other very much and simply needed a break".
"I was Kate Brosnahan, and I kept coming up with these names, and Andy kept saying 'Kate Spade" because we were 50-50 partners", she told NPR. Sometimes the subject came up in the context of news of a celebrity suicide and, Arons said, "she'd say to me: 'I would never do that". In late 2016, Spade and her husband launched another shoe-and-handbag company called Frances Valentine.