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Posted: June 05, 2018

Fashion designer Kate Spade dies

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Who is Kate Spade?

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK CITY —

Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead Tuesday in her New York City apartment, The Associated Press reported. She was 55.

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Unidentified law enforcement sources told WCBS-TV that Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide.

Officials told the AP that housekeeping staff found Spade hanging in her Manhattan apartment around 10:20 a.m. She had left a note, officials said.

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Spade created a line of sleek handbags in 1993. Her company, Kate Spade New York, opened its first store in 1996 in New York City. The fashion brand has more than 140 retail and outlet stores nationwide and more than 175 shops abroad.

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Officials with the brand confirmed Spade’s passing in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time,” the statement said. “We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.”

 

Spade was born in 1962 as Katherine Brosnahan. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and dreamed of being a journalist, NPR reported in a 2017 episode of “How I Built This.” She studied at Arizona State University, where she met her future husband, Andy Spade. She graduated from the university in 1985 with a degree in journalism and, eight years later, launched Kate Spade, according to the New York Daily News.

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Kate Spade told NPR that she set out to create the perfect handbag because at the time, “bags were too complicated.”

“We were doing something different, which was really to our advantage,” she said.

The Spades sold Kate Spade New York in 2007, according to CNBC.

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Friends and fans took to social media to mourn the fashion maven.

“’I believed that I could, so I did,’” fashion designer Kenneth Cole wrote in a tweet remembering Spade. “She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory. #KateSpade #RIP”

 

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Designer Kate Spade attends AOL Build Series to discuss her latest project Frances Valentine at Build Studio on April 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
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  Stephen Hillenburg, creator of 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' dead at 57
  Bernardo Bertolucci, 'Last Tango in Paris' director, dead at 77
  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at 65 from cancer
  Pro golfer Bruce Lietzke dies of brain cancer
  Actress Pamela Gidley, of ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,’ dead at 52
  Fashion designer Kate Spade dies
  Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey dies 
  Musician Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers dead at 79
  ‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74
  ‘M*A*S*H’ actor David Ogden Stiers dead at 75
  'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49
  Country music personality Hazel Smith has died at the age of 83
  Stephen Hawking dead at 76: Celebrities, public figures, scientists pay tribute
  Renowned physicist and professor Stephen Hawking dead at 76
  Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies drinking whiskey, complaining about Oscars
  Former NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car crash
  Moody Blues co-founder Ray Thomas dead at 76
  Blues, R&B singer Denise LaSalle dead at 78
  Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke dead at 67
  Legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson dead at 89
  Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46
  ‘Oh Happy Day’ singer Edwin Hawkins dead at 74
  Jim Rodford, bassist for The Kinks, dead at 76
  John Coleman, The Weather Channel founder, dead at 83
  Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson killed by drunk driver, police say
  Elizabeth Sung, ‘Joy Luck Club,’ ‘Young and the Restless’ star, dies
  Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, Blues Brothers guitarist, dead at 88
  'Pawn Stars' patriarch Richard Harrison, known as 'Old Man,' dead at 77
  Former WWE star Matt Cappotelli dies of cancer at 38
  Charlotte Rae, ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life’ house mother, dead at 92
  Aretha Franklin dies at 76
  'Sweet Home Alabama' co-writer and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at 68
  Robin Leach, 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ host and celebrity columnist, dead at 76
  Actor Bill Daily of 'I Dream of Jeannie' dies at at 91
  Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26
  Former Jaguars lineman Vince Manuwai dead at 38
  Comic book legend and Marvel co-creator Stan Lee dead at 95
 
 

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