- Kate Spade has died in an apparent suicide, according to reports.
- In an interview with Glamour in 2002, Spade shared how she wanted to be remembered.
- “I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend—and a heck of a lot of fun,” she said.
On Tuesday, Kate Spade died in an apparent suicide, according to reports. Spade’s housekeeper found the designer dead on Tuesday morning, the New York Daily News reported.
In her 2002 Glamour Women of the Year interview, Spade told the magazine how she hoped to be remembered.
“I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend — and a heck of a lot of fun,” she said.
Beloved designer Kate Spade has died at the age of 55. In her 2002 Glamour Women of the Year interview, Spade said: "I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend—and a heck of a lot of fun." Our hearts go out to Kate's family. ???? pic.twitter.com/Tyt2T2Qslx
— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 5, 2018
The designer, 55, was known for her classic designs which often featured preppy silhouettes, upbeat slogans, and bright colors.
Spade leaves behind her husband, Andy Spade, and 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix Spade.
People have were surprised and saddened by the news.
Extremely sad to head about the passing of Kate Spade. What an iconic talent.
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) June 5, 2018
What absolutely dreadful news about Kate Spade. Her products were so filled with joy, colour and excitement – I really hope she knew how much love she brought to her customers.
— Kat Brown (@katbrown) June 5, 2018
Saddened by the news of Kate Spade. Always come back to this quote:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— Taylor Stern (@TayStern) June 5, 2018
Spade’s fans are using her death to remind people that mental health issues don’t discriminate.
When someone famous tragically kills themselves like Kate Spade, people tweet out suicide hotlines. Here’s one: 800-273-8255. But more importantly, please reach out to anyone you know suffering from mental illness. Call them. Text them. Show them you care. Hotlines aren’t enough.
— princess mizzy ???? (@hellomizzyy) June 5, 2018
Mental health knows no economic boundaries, and your "Kate Spade was rich, what did she have to be sad about?" takes have no place here.
REMINDER: National Suicide Prevention Hotline number (1-800-273-8255)
— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) June 5, 2018
mental illness doesn’t discriminate
rest in peace Kate Spade ????☹️
— keaton (@keatxngrant) June 5, 2018
* If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.
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