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Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Rest in peace, Kate.

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Tuesday morning, Kate Brosnahan Spade, fashion icon and visionary was found dead around 10:10 a.m. It’s been reported by the New York Police Department, that she hung herself with a scarf, to a doorknob, in her Park Avenue Apartment. She was found by her housekeeper at the scene.

Andrew Spade, Kate’s husband was home when the suicide was discovered, but their daughter,  was at school, sources say. A suicide note was also found at the scene, addressing Frances, Spade’s daughter, and husband. It reads:

“This has nothing to do with you; don’t feel guilty. Ask your dad.”

The designer, 55, started Kate Spade New York in 1993 and opened her first shop in the city three years later. Their are more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the United States, and 175 stores internationally.  In 1999, the Spades sold 56% of the brand to Neiman Marcus for $33.6 million. Liz Claiborne acquired the company in 2007, and Spade left her brand. Just a little over a year ago, Coach announced plans to buy Kate Spade for $2.4 billion.

Spade’s suicide comes as suicide rates in the United States increased from 1999 to 2014 for everyone between the ages of 10 and 74. According to the study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates increased by 60% for white woman, during that period.

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Erin Whitten is currently CMN's Senior Correspondent and is currently a student at Arizona State University majoring in Mass Communications and Media Studies.

Danielle Germain (she/her/hers) is originally from Long Island, New York. She is a rising junior at The American University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and minoring in Political Science. She partakes in various activities on campus. Danielle is a Teacher's Assistant, the Vice President of Programming for Caribbean Circle, The Social Media Director and Web Manager for The Blackprint, Programming Coordinator for Founder's Week Committee, Senior Communications Strategist for AUSG Center for Advocacy and Student Equity or CASE, Secretary of the Junior Class Council and a Club Consultant for American University Club Council. After learning more about herself freshman year, Danielle became deeply interested in pushing diversity and inclusion forward. Since then, Danielle has started The Purpose, a bible study for students of color at AU. By creating a safe space on campus, she hopes that the voices of those who feel underrepresented are heard and also valued. In her free time, Danielle enjoys going to brunch and watching Gossip Girl. This past summer, Danielle served as the Corporate Communications Intern for Macy's Inc. Danielle has a passion for politics and a love for writing, and one day hopes to become a political commentator for CNN. She can be reached at dg0060a@student.american.edu.

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