Tributes have been pouring in for American designer Kate Spade after she was found unresponsive in her Manhattan apartment from a suspected suicide.
My sincerest condolences to the family of the beautiful and talented wife, mother and designer Kate Spade
— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) June 6, 2018
#KateSpade, whose lively, colorful, and yes, joyous designs has died. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends, and her many fans around the world, who loved the wonderful illusions she created. I am stunned.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 5, 2018
Spade was a pioneer in the accessories fashion industry, starting her iconic handbag line in the 1993 alongside the man who would later become her husband, Andy Spade.
My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 5, 2018
I will never forget the first Kate Spade bag I got for Christmas in college. She was a trailblazer. Her life and death are a reminder that pain doesn’t discriminate. Sending love to her family.
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) June 5, 2018
Former First Daughters Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager both took to Twitter sharing they received their first Kate Spade handbags as presents in college.
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 5, 2018
Actress Mindy Kaling reflected on how Spade’s designs made her feel, tweeting, “They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile.”
Charming, talented and gone too soon. Rest in peace Kate. -Michael
— Michael Kors (@MichaelKors) June 6, 2018
Fashion designers took to social media to share their condolences, with Michael Kors calling the designer, “Charming, talented and gone too soon.”
— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade New York shared, “Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.”
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018
So sad to hear about Kate Spade. As someone who has suffered with suicidal thoughts and mental health challenges, I truly hope this keeps the conversation going for other families so we don't lose more people to this disease.
— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) June 6, 2018
Designer Kate Spade was found in her Park Avenue apartment yesterday after committing suicide. RIP Kate 💜 If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) https://t.co/H8AtadZL6Q pic.twitter.com/W5TWKsRFaO
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) June 6, 2018
Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help. https://t.co/eruSexNoGj
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2018
Other celebrities urged those suffering from mental health issues, or feelings of suicide to contact help, with Ginger Zee tweeting, “As someone who has suffered with suicidal thoughts and mental health challenges, I truly hope this keeps the conversation going for other families so we don’t lose more people to this disease.”
Finally, Kate Spade’s brother-in-law actor David Spade mourned the loss of the designer by sharing a favorite photo. “Fuzzy picture but i love,” the actor wrote on Instagram. “Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it. Its a rough world out there people, try to hang on.”
The 55-year-old designer leaves behind her husband and her 13-year-old daughter.