Kate Spade

The fashion industry is still reeling from fashion icon Kate Spade's untimely death on Tuesday. A housekeeper found the 55-year-old designer hanging from a red scarf tied to a doorknob in her bedroom just after 10 a.m.

Spade left a suicide note addressed to her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade.

"Bea - I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!" She wrote, according to a TMZ source. The note was found on a bed near her body.

Spade was married to Andy Spade, the brother of comic David Spade. Andy co-founded Kate's first clothing line in 1993.

Kate Spade bags

Fans of Spade's uniquely designed handbags are still reeling from the news of her suicide. Mourners took to Twitter.com to post images of their first ever Kate Spade handbags and backpacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

  • hi-liter

    Wow, such a sweet tribute from everyday people for Kate Spade, God Bless her. People don’t understand how loved and important they are to others until it’s too late. Give me my flowers before I die.

  • T3

    This is so sad. You never know what people are going through. If you're out there and feeling suicidal, please seek help! You are not alone. Someone cares. It can't be that bad. This too shall pass! Hang in there!

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  • Malai

    #MyFirstBag BROKE exactly 2 weeks ago today ?? y’all when it broke it was just pitiful how I was Hollering in the store about my bag ??

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8490a0f092919faa6c0dc98bf9efb75919d26ca9829f4aa6a0dedacff0d1a25.jpg

  • Queen B

    Wow this is very disheartening depression is real ppl please don't over look the symptoms or behaviors

  • Miss Thang

    Oh I see the strap broke ?

  • Miss Thang

    I will always remember buying a Kate Spade weekend bag for my mom the first time I could really afford to spend some money to buy her a gift. I remember feeling proud that I could afford to buy my mom a really nice bag.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    “Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!”
    _______________________
    This is so sad...
    "Not your fault" and "Ask Daddy" makes it sound like daddy had something to do with this tho.

    I had a knockoff black and white checkerboard print Kate Spade handbag. I don't know what happened to it. Sure I gave it to someone since I'm not much of a purse person. I attempted to buy my mom real Kate Spade this past Christmas at the outlets but even those prices were out of my price range.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Never owned a KS bag but so sad that she felt the need to take her life. I wonder what the “Ask Daddy” thing is about.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Wow, this makes me so overwhelmingly sad ?

  • dontgetblocked

    Shocking. I feel for her daughter.

  • Sid

    Wow “ask Daddy”
    Too many questions on this. Somebody is going to start talking

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Ask Daddy? Now why would she go and do some shi t like that to fawk up her daughter even MORE? Selfish!

  • Patricia

    hanging from a scarf from a doorknob? is that even possible?

  • Miss Thang

    Robin Williams did it with a belt hanging from a doorknob.

  • Patricia

    idk must have also been heavily drugged/intoxicated to follow through. a doorknob just wouldnt work under normal circumstances

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I hope she was telling her to ask her dad to confirm that the suicide had nothing to do with her. If so, very poorly written. If not, inappropriate and odd.

    Prayers for her daughter.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Very very selfish if you ask me

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Yah, if you do it in a seated position

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Anything her dad says, she'll probably think it's a lie because of the stupid letter. Money can't buy these folks common sense Smh

  • Chuck

    God blesses Kate’s soul and heal her family’s hearts. Such a tragedy and loss. I love ? Kate Spades’ bags.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Yea I’m confused as to how u kill yourselves like that too.

  • CookieMobster

    If only she could have seen this before she passed, maybe it would have helped her. You never know how you truly affect someone's life. So sad. I am sure that little girl is devastated. I have a 13 yr old myself. He would be heartbroken

  • Solstice

    There are often high ceilings in these designers homes (creating high doors) When I saw door knob I thought perhaps she located herself inside of the bathroom using one of those over the door hangers at the top of door. If she was of shorter stature, this could easily be done. ( I apologize for some of the descriptions. It was used only to give an example. And no way to disrespect the deceased)

  • RealATLPeach36

    I wrote something about her on my IG...

    #KateSpade you were so young and still had so much life left. I wish your daughter piece, love, hope and I hope she has the ability to do great things in her life. #katespade #katespadeday I don’t have many pieces made by you but one of the pieces I cherish is my Happy wallet.

    It reminds me to be grateful and gracious ...and this too shall past. That was my head space when I purchased it. Time has passed and the light is brighter but this wallet is my diamond when it was rough. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2c5a5866e02704572235833c17e423a52a189cd2a02ee79b8136c6a04db6ba7.jpg

  • RealATLPeach36

    I wrote something about her on my IG...

    #KateSpade you were so young and still had so much life left. I wish your daughter piece, love, hope and I hope she has the ability to do great things in her life. #katespade #katespadeday I don’t have many pieces made by you but one of the pieces I cherish is my Happy Wallet.

    It reminds me to be grateful and gracious ...and this too shall past. That was my head space when I purchased it. Time has passed and the light is brighter but this wallet is my diamond when it was rough. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2c5a5866e02704572235833c17e423a52a189cd2a02ee79b8136c6a04db6ba7.jpg

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    And her husband as well.

  • MJ

    Totally agree. I don’t understand how anyone could do this to their child. It could never be that bad that I would put my child through a suicide. This coming from someone who has wrestled with the thoughts. The one thing that had stopped me in the darkest times was the thought of my daughters. Could never.

  • yvette46

    Kate didn't care so why should I.. Have a daughter and to put her through this is just horrible.. All the money in the world and couldn't find happiness..love her bags though!!

  • Miss Thang

    Do you think the sentiment you expressed helps and heals, or perpetuates pain and discord throughout the universe?

  • Miss Thang

    Absolutely can work. You’re not trying to break your neck like in a lynching situation. You are just cutting off circulation to the brain such as in a chokehold which results in a loss of consciousness in about 15 seconds.

  • Freeriah

    Right

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I think the note she left was selfish for various reasons. She took her life and she left a suicide note telling her daughter to ask her dad y she committed suicide leaving the daughter feeling that her dad may or may not had something to do with it. If u gon leave a note, explain why u did. Don’t leave with questions not being answered. U owe that at least to your daughter for her mental state. She 13. I mean geeze

  • FukkFolks2018

    All the money in the world and couldn't find happiness.
    ^^^^^
    I have 2 daughters. 23 and one the exact same age as the one she left behind. They were both born in Jan/Feb 2005. Have been down and out and depressed before. Many times before. Life comes at you fast. I just try not to judge. Have been beyond comfortable at times and beyond broke at others. Money can't buy happiness. I hope she is at peace out of this cold world. Bea has a long road ahead of her with mom gone at 13. #BlessingsToBea

  • Jussjess25

    I dont think she meant it like that.. perhaps more so like he knows if anyone how much she loved her. suicide is simply a selfish act no matter how one looks at it.

  • Jussjess25

    Your right

  • Jussjess25

    I had no idea kate spade was owned by liz calbiorne.. thanks auntie

  • Malai

    Let me tell you, when the first strap broke, I called myself trying to play it off and carry it with the other lone strap.. babyyy when that other strap snapped LITERALLY 3 minutes later it was over! ? my purse said #SIKE ?

  • leapyearpisces

    I read it as "ask daddy" about how much she loved her (Francis, her daughter ) and for him to confirm that it wasn't Francis''s fault, but I am the "glass is half-full" type, so I am probably wrong.

  • Faithz

    So sad , and Just goes to show that Money, Fame, isn't everything.
    She had it all Money, a Great Business, Beautiful baby girl, and a Dang man who was driving her out of her mind, for what ever reason. Feel so sad for her daughter. While so many people struggle to keep the lights on she had plenty of money, and still was not happy,,,RIP Kate, Your life will live on from now on because of your Beautiful Kate Bags...

  • Ghost

    Wow! I was shocked as to how she died! Never know what someone is going through. I have two Kate Spade bags and a "go to" black skirt! Expensive but good quality...RIP

  • BadAss Will

    Well I know she sold out in Marshall's by now.....

  • Nonya Bizness

    I think that's exactly what she meant, but unfortunately, I think Daddy can tell her how much "mommy loved her" until he's blue in the face and the child is still going to ask why her mom left her. "If my mom loved me so much, why did she leave me?" Nice for Kate to leave that her husband.SMH. That's what suicide does-leaves your BS&Mess on your loved ones.

  • Nonya Bizness

    Mick Jaggers girlfriend L'Wren Scott hung herself with a satin scarf from a doorknob 4 years ago.

  • Nonya Bizness

    "All the money in the world and couldn't find happiness". Apparently Coach was buying her line last year for tons of money. When my mom read that to me yesterday I said"So why did she kill herself again?" I know we've all heard "Money can't buy happiness", but s hit, it can buy therapy! I wish I would die and cry over someone taking their life and leaving a child behind at such an impressionable age. Her note is F'D up, putting it all on the child's father, which she did anyway by taking the easy way out.

  • SpillyNillie

    I so agree with you on this. The note seemed selfish and very spiteful...that poor baby girl.

  • free

    she did this to her child!!!!!!

  • free

    that's fugged up!!!! that's all i can think about. and the child is 13 and you know how kids are at that age.

  • free

    i can only hope the teen was perceptive enough to know whether there was a loving or unloving relationship--therefore, she will know where her mother was going with it. and i hope it was positive.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    That note is cryptic as hail ain't it!
    Now, I tried not to speculate, but sounds like bro Andy got some 'splaining to do! Sadly, there's nothing he can say to that child that will make this better for her. I can't imagine being so angry at someone that in a fit of rage, I take ME out. ?

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Her bags are about to become collectors...

  • OvertheMississippi

    She was suicidal. Wasn’t quite functioning rationally. She hangs herself and you complain about the note? Surely will devastate baby girl, but Dad’s aint innocent. I suffer from bipolar disorder. My son can pick up on one of my depressive trips before his daddy. Hubby should have been more attentive!!!!! Baby girl is scarred for life. I refuse to put my two kids and three sisters through it. Lost big brother and dad from massive heart attack. Buried Mom in January. My family would lose their minds. Husbands have blame in these episodes like post-pardom depression. Those dads just report back to work while Mom is visibly in distress.

  • Yardgirl

    On the morning talk show her sister confirmed that she suffered from mental illness and she was not surprised when she got the news. She said Kate was paranoid and worried all the time, but did not want to talk about it because she did not want to damage her "happy" brand (how sad!!). When Robin Williams died she showed extreme interest in the how of his death and may have been planning this since then. She told her sister "I know you don't ever go to funerals but will you promise me to come to mine?" When asked if she was planning anything she denied it, but the sister knew. So many questions, but with her gone, no true answers. RIP

  • Malcom Flex

    Like Mick Jagger's 50-something ex, she offed herself cuz her man found a new woman, it'll be coming out. He got sick of her drama and found someone else.

  • Malcom Flex

    Naw she was blaming it on 'daddy' now her husband will be messed up cuz he broke up and moved out.

  • free

    i'm just hoping her child understands. maybe i understand the "ask daddy" more if this is the case.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    She did this to her husband too, talking bout "Ask Daddy!". Her daughter might be wondering if he cheated or did something to her to drive her to suicide. That's unfair to him.

  • Marlika

    TMZ irks my last nerve. They’re always posting personal information they shouldn’t. Whom ever leaked the contents of the note to them needs a Bullet in their damn head. Can’t wait for the day when they crumble.

  • Lucky8

    I bought my first 2 Kate spade 2 months ago, I set out to get Louis but could not afford him. I bought one second hand in perfect condition and a multicolor one brand new, and I love both and carry everyday. I pray for her loved ones especially her daughter may God be with all of them in this time.

  • Lucky8

    Depression is no joke, so I will judge not

  • Yardgirl

    I hope so too

  • Simone

    I read in The Daily Mail, Her Husband wanted a divorce. She begged him to stay. He moved out and demanded a divorce. She left a suicide note telling her daughter it's not her fault and to "Ask Daddy". What a nasty, selfish and spiteful thing to do! Thanks to her selfish act of killing herself, all her daughter has left is her Father and she's trying to make their relationship toxic.

  • Miss Thang

    I agree. It’s crazy.

  • Miss Thang

    L’Wren Scott? I feel like that story came and went and nothing ever really explained why she hanged herself.

  • Miss Thang

    No. Mental illness did this to their family. Would you say a cancer patient did it to their daughter? No. Mental illness is no different.

  • Miss Thang

    This isn’t an isolated incident. Suicide never happens out of nowhere. She’d been struggling with her mind for a long time.

  • Miss Thang

    Why the hell are you expecting a mentally ill person who is about to end their life to think logically and clearly? At that moment she was distraught. I’m surprised she even left a note. Contrary to popular belief most suicide victims don’t.

  • Miss Thang

    She don’t know any of that shit when she’s about to die!!

  • Miss Thang

    She didn’t get a dime from that Coach sale. She had already sold her company yeas ago for a fraction of what it is worth today.

  • Logan Roberts

    Andy wanted a divorce, Good morning America & Wendy said this morning. That's why she said "ask daddy". So depression & the love of her life leaving (his ass probably already had a side piece). Then I saw she's a Capricorn & I kinda get it ?

  • Logan Roberts

    He wanted a divorce. So coping with depression & the love of your life leaving ?

  • free

    if you believe the mental illness reports you will also see where she did not take care of herself. that is a personal decision, with consequences. nevertheless, cancer never hung somebody by a doorknob and wrote a note beside them.

  • free

    ohhhhh. is this shyt on youtube? is this how all of these young kids are killing themselves? i wouldn't even know how to do this!

  • free

    they already have.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Some people are weeping the SIN of their Four fathers "Generational curse" People cannot shake what as been place upon them for other sin....

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    well she Did make that 'odd' name change decision. but, i took it at face value re it being her wanting a fresh start with her new business venture (i side-eyed it a lil bit, but gave her the benefit of the doubt... even though that was a LOT of names....) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    prayers for you and your family.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I really feel for the daughter and hope she truly understands that this is not her fault at all. Kate must have really been beyond depressed to take her own life knowing she has a little girl at home who still needs her and will be devastated for years to come...

  • ShWa

    Very sad, RIP.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I feel for the daddy also. No answer will be satisfactory to a 13 year old. I'm sure she will be thinking if my mom loved me so much then why did she leave me... I would not want to be in his shoes...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i just saw the report on her sister's words. it was so chilling.

  • Yardgirl

    It sure was chilling. The sister knew but could not stop it because she denied it. When someone has a plan like this, they cannot be stopped. Sad.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Thank you!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yes! even her sis said that she felt the 'plan' was in place as far back as Kate's beginning fascination with Robin Williams' suicide - that's what made me gasp.

    not to sound too 'spooky ooky' but it seems like that 'spirit' of suicide overtook her and she was seduced by it. it's almost like an epidemic (by its nature, not necessarily its numbers) , in that it seems to 'spread' to others whose 'defenses' are down.... i'm putting this badly, but i'm trying to convey that it's a trick of the enemy and it begins in the mind... watch what you 'consume' or it may consume you.

  • Misslaydj

    Well said

  • Desiree

    I think she was so intent on hurting her husband with that note that she didn't think of how it would affect her daughter...So sad..

  • pure_rachet

    Shoe repair places can fix or replace the straps.

  • TruthshallsetUFree!!!!

    Well.. Looks like her stock is gonna go up!!

  • Cynthia Wiggins

    She likely died of asphyxiation. She tied the scarf around her neck to create a choking effect.

  • parisjok

    her very close friend said her work and designs were not well respected by her piers at all and that bothered her a great deal. that one famous designer Kenneth Cole already said something very unkind and disrespectful and took it down and changed it to something more positive after he got beef about it

  • parisjok

    yeah, those people inherited a great deal of debt and put millions and millions back into it and they were a great success. she wanted out at the time she sold and received a huge amount of cash where she would not have to ever worry about cash again. winning!!!!

    people need to stop thinking about how much her past business made over a decade after she sold it.

  • parisjok

    you are indeed a generous loving daughter!!!

  • parisjok

    yeah she confided in her sister. that is what sisters do had he been a brother maybe not so. believe everything her sister has said regardless of what her sister's family is saying about her. they just don't want anyone saying anything negative because the daughter will hear about it. so so very sad

  • Yardgirl

    Yes I agree!

  • parisjok

    at least she did not kill her like some of the mental or hateful ex folks have done. thank goodness she just killed herself