Kate Spade Dead at 55: Stars React to Fashion Designer's Death

Designer Kate Spade in her NY showroom, 2000.

News of Kate Spade's death rocked the industry when the Associated Press reported the handbag and accessories designer's death at her Park Avenue apartment in NY shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Police responded Wednesday morning (AEST) after Spade was found by her housekeeper, New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Wednesday morning (AEST).

Officials are not authorised to divulge any additional information as the investigation into her death continues. The officials didn't know what the note said. The Kansas City, Mo., native started making colorful handbags in the early 1990s, founding a company that grew to 140 stores in the United States and another 175 around the world.

Spade's bags have a modern look with a nostalgic feel.

Scott, who designed clothes worn by the likes of Madonna, had suffered depression prior to her death.

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"We are all devastated by today's tragedy", her family said in a statement through a spokesman.

Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her upscale Manhattan apartment and it is believed she took her own life. Spade was a trailblazer in '90s-era American contemporary design, and founded Kate Spade in 1993 with Andy Spade and friend Elyce Arons.

Kate Spade arrives at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York on June 2, 2003, at the New York Public Library.

She is survived by her husband Andy, who is the brother of David, and their 13-year-old daughter Frances. And she changed her name to Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Brosnahan Spade, she said in an NPR interview this year.

But she returned to the fashion world in 2016 when she launched the Frances Valentine line in US stores.

Editor's note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.

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