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Posted: June 08, 2018

Suicide rate up across the country, CDC says

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By Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The United States experienced a nearly 30 percent increase in suicide rates between 1999-2016, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two days after the death of designer Kate Spade. Her death was ruled a suicide.

On Friday, chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain was also reported dead. CNN confirmed the cause of death was suicide.

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According to the recently published figures, 54 percent of reported suicide deaths since 1999 could not be traced back to mental health diagnoses. Circumstances involving relationships, substance abuse, job or financial troubles, health issues and access to lethal means, such as firearms, significantly contributed to the dramatic rise, the CDC reported.

Still, experts note that previous research has shown higher rates of mental health disorders among those at high risk of suicide.

“The reason most suicide decedents don’t have a known mental disorder is that they were never diagnosed, not that they didn’t have one,” Dr. David Brent, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, told the New York Times.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, or if you are concerned for someone else, here are some helpful resources: 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hours)

Call 1-800-273-8255

Online chat

Suicide prevention resources for parents, guardians and families

Suicide prevention resources for teens

Suicide prevention resources for survivors of suicide loss

More resources and programs at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Read the full CDC report at cdc.gov.


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Who is Kate Spade: Fashion designer found dead at 55

Kate Spade, the fashion designer who co-founded fashion design house Kate Spade New York, was found dead in New York in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement. She was 55 years old.

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In 1993, Spade, then a former Mademoiselle magazine accessories editor, set out to make the perfect handbag. From there, her company only grew. The brand has more than 140 retail and outlet stores nationwide and more than 175 shops abroad.

Here are some things to know about Spade.

The first Kate Spade shop opened in 1996

In 1996, the first Kate Spade New York shop opened in New York. The first bag, a black, boxy waterproof handbag called the Sam tote, was sold in 1993.

Spade founded the company with her husband, Andy Spade

Andy Spade, the brother of comedian David Spade, co-founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. By 1999, they sold a majority stake of the brand to Neiman Marcus Group, which was later sold to Fifth & Pacific, formerly Liz Claiborne, in 2006. In 2014, Fifth & Pacific changed its name to Kate Spade & Company.

The Spades sold the company in 2007

“When we sold the company in 2007, it was really to focus on our family. It really was. It was a grind. I had just had a baby,” Spade told CNBC in a 2016 interview, referring to her daughter, Frances Beatrix.

“Creatively, I felt like we had completed our task,” Andy Spade said.

She founded another fashion company, Frances Valentine

Along with her husband, Spade created Frances Valentine, a new accessories company that sells shoes and handbags directly online and through some retailers. The accessories from the company are considered more mature than Kate Spade New York accessories. The company is named after Spade’s two grandfathers.

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Fashion designer Kate Spade dies

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.

>> Photos: Kate Spade through the years

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.

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

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

Actor David Spade paid tribute to his sister-in-law, Kate Spade, late Tuesday, hours after she was found dead in her apartment in New York City.

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Kate Spade, a fashion designer well-known for the colorful line of handbags that bared her name, was married to David Spade’s brother, Andy Spade. Kate and Andy met in college at Arizona State University and launched a sleek line of Kate Spade-branded handbags in the 1990s.

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David Spade on Tuesday night shared a blurry photo of himself and Kate Spade on Instagram. He said the image was snapped “during Christmas family photos.”

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“We had so much fun that day,” David Spade wrote. “She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still can’t believe it.”

The fashion brand Kate Spade founded, Kate Spade New York, confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the iconic designer died. She was 55.

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

Police told The Associated Press her body was discovered Tuesday morning by a housekeeper and that a note found at the scene pointed to “a tragic suicide.”

“It’s a rough world out there people, try to hang on,” David Spade wrote.

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

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

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

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.

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“(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.”

Chef, author, TV star Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, an American chef, author, and television personality who hosted “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his hotel room, CNN reported Friday. He was 61. 

Bourdain was found in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, CNN reported.

The Emmy-winning host committed suicide, CNN confirmed.

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"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement Friday morning. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain was in France to work on an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown,” an award-winning series on CNN. His friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room, CNN reported.

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The eleventh season of "Parts Unknown" premiered on CNN last month.

Bourdain won a Peabody Award in 2013 for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure," CNN reported.

“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family,” President Donald Trump said as he prepared to attend the G7 summit in Canada. “I enjoyed his show. He was a character.” 

Bourdain's death occurred three days after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.

The 24-hour telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).

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Antony Bourdain was known as a chef and television host who didn’t pull punches. He spoke his mind, unfiltered, no matter the subject or who he would anger.

He was a best-selling author and a television personality. 

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Bourdain was found dead in a French hotel room after committing suicide, CNN reported. He was 61.

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A look back at the life of the world-renowned chef, author and TV host, according to Biography.com:

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Bourdain admitted a past addiction to drugs and alcohol. In his book, “Kitchen Confidential” he outlined his battles with drugs including LSD, cocaine and heroin. He said he sold his record collection to buy drugs, Fox News reported.

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The memorable first time Anthony Bourdain visited Waffle House

Famed chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain was found dead Friday morning in a hotel room in France. The cause of death was suicide, CNN reported.

The following article was written by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2015.

CNN food critic and world traveler Anthony Bourdain had never eaten at a Waffle House.

CNN’s “Parts Unknown” host made a career out of visiting some of the world’s most eccentric locales and eating whatever the local populace will put on a plate, stick or shingle.

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The worst thing he’s ever eaten? Fermented shark in Iceland, which somehow beat out maggot fried rice and raw seal eyes

The best? Could it be a pecan waffle from Waffle House?

Bourdain visited a South Carolina Waffle House back in 2015 with southern chef Sean Brock, who said he has visited the roadside eatery since he was a young because he enjoys watching food being prepared.

Brock, from Charleston, apparently has the two-sided menu implanted in his DNA and instructs the man who has tasted everything to get a pecan waffle. He then shows him how to slather a butter-like substance into every waffle grid and soak it in syrup.

Bourdain’s review? He says Waffle House is “indeed marvelous” but seems as captivated by the late-night lunacy as the food.

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In the opening of the video, the famous chef (and imbiber of adult beverages) offers up high praise, calling the familiar diner a “yellow beacon of hope” for the “seriously hammered.”

Customers of all races, creeds and “degrees of inebriation” seem welcome, he says. “It never closes” and “is always there for you.”

Waffle House not only has delicious grub, but it’s a “place of safety and nourishment” for all, says Bourdain, who may have been consuming something fermented other than Icelandic shark while putting this piece together.

“That’s good,” exclaims Bourdain as he stuffs some waffle in his face.

Brock, in referencing a famous French restaurant in California, says “You don’t come here expecting The French Laundry” … “you expect something amazing.”

“This is better than The French Laundry,” says Bourdain, who may have trouble getting a reservation the next time he is in Napa.

But, with 2,100 Waffle Houses in the U.S., he probably won’t go hungry.

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