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Posted: June 07, 2018

Andy Spade: Wife Kate Spade's death 'a complete shock'

Andy Spade, CEO and Creative Director of Kate Spade, and designer Kate Spade attend OPEN from American Express' 'Making a Name for Yourself' at Nokia Theater July 27, 2006 in New York City.
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Andy Spade, CEO and Creative Director of Kate Spade, and designer Kate Spade attend OPEN from American Express' 'Making a Name for Yourself' at Nokia Theater July 27, 2006 in New York City.

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Fashion designer Kate Spade suffered from depression and anxiety for years before her death Tuesday by apparent suicide, her husband of 24 years, Andy Spade, said in a statement released to The New York Times.

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“She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives,” he said Wednesday.

Spade said his wife was seeing a doctor regularly and taking medication for depression and anxiety.

“This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false,” he said. “There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter.”

>> Fashion designer Kate Spade dies

The Spades launched Kate Spade New York in 1993 after they met years earlier as students at Arizona State University. They were married in 1994 and have one child together, 13-year-old Frances Beatrix Spade.

Andy Spade, who said he had been living separately from his wife in the 10 months prior to her death, said he spoke with her the night before her death and that, “She sounded happy.”

“There was no indication and no warning that she would do this,” he said. “It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”

>> Who is Kate Spade: Fashion designer found dead at 55

Police told The Associated Press that a housekeeper found Kate Spade’s body Tuesday morning in her New York City apartment. She was 55.

Dermot Shea, the New York Police Department’s chief of detectives, told the AP that a note found at the scene pointed to “a tragic suicide.”

Andy Spade said Wednesday that he had yet to see a note from his late wife, although quotes purported to be from the note have been published by some celebrity gossip sites.

>> Who is Andy Spade, husband of Kate Spade?

“(I) am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media,” he said. “My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother. Kate loved Bea so very much.”

Andy Spade said that despite their separate living arrangements, he and his wife never discussed divorce.

>> Actor David Spade pays tribute to late sister-in-law Kate Spade: 'She was so sharp'

“We were not legally separated,” he said. “We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how. We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break.”

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Kate Spade: Celebrities, fans react to iconic designer’s death

The death of New York fashion designer Kate Spade has rocked the celebrity and fashion world. 

Read: Fashion designer Kate Spade dies

Spade was found dead in her New York apartment of an apparent suicide, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. She was 55.

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Officials say she was found hanged inside her Park Avenue home by housekeeping staff around 10:20 a.m. They say she left a note at the scene.

Celebrities and fans are turning to Twitter to express their grief and sympathy.

Actress Rachel Brosnahan pays tribute to late aunt Kate Spade

Actress Rachel Brosnahan remembered her aunt Kate Spade as “effervescent” on Wednesday, one day after the 55-year-old fashion designer was found dead in her New York City apartment.

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The fashion brand Spade founded, Kate Spade New York, confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the iconic designer died.

>> Fashion designer Kate Spade dies

“Knowing Katy, this is how she would want to be remembered,” Brosnahan wrote Wednesday in a post on Instagram. The Golden Globe-winning actress shared a short video of Kate Spade smiling up at her husband, Andy Spade, as the couple danced to mariachi music.

“She had a light that words can’t capture but touched everyone she came into contact with,” Brosnahan wrote. “She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known.”

>> Actor David Spade remembers late sister-in-law Kate Spade: 'She was so sharp'

Police told The Associated Press that a housekeeper found Kate Spade dead Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide.

“She was effervescent,” Brosnahan wrote. “Hug your loved ones extra tight today.”

Kate Spade is survived by her husband and their 13-year-old daughter.

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