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.
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.
My worn out KS bag & glasses have been everywhere! Sports events, business mtgs, parent mtgs, travel, shopping & of course to the movies where I would stow snacks! ? ? ?Mental illness is real. Help is available. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. #katespade pic.twitter.com/cJDv2xFdUE
— Nikki Blount Jackson (@NikkiBJaxx417) June 5, 2018
— Mary Cay Barker (@mcbarker99) June 5, 2018
— ? Rowan Coleman ? (@rowancoleman) June 5, 2018
— Nish Weiseth (@NishWeiseth) June 5, 2018
— Maya T (@MayaMuch) June 5, 2018
— Kim Miller (@Kimberly9573) June 5, 2018
My mom gave me my first designer bag from #KateSpade. I still have it. From there, my wallets and handbags I use today are from @katespadeny. It's so heartbreaking to hear that someone who brought happiness to so many was in such pain. pic.twitter.com/MM1mHDB8g0
— Izha Metz (@izhaaxox) June 5, 2018
? Saddened to hear about the death of #katespade #designer ? I was lucky last year to buy myself my first bag, purse and phone cover ?? my thoughts are with her family at this sad time ?? if you’re feeling suicidal please ask for help @samaritans #ItsOkNotToBeOk ??? pic.twitter.com/MVErS0FjGC
— Sara?????? (@SaraMarce6) June 5, 2018
— Winthrop Wildcat (@WinthropWildcat) June 5, 2018
— Elysia Botley (@elysia_botley) June 5, 2018
Adding to the #KateSpade first bag tweets...my #KateSpade hand bag was one of my first "grown up" hand bags, I remember feeling like I could conquer anything. Her iconic, affordable branded bags made so many women feel fabulous and confident. RIP. pic.twitter.com/VKZOLFybDa
— Trishala Pillai (@_TrishalaPillai) June 5, 2018
In honor of #KateSpade and her legacy, I have chosen to sell this bag and donate everything to This Is My Brave, a charity working to end mental health stigmatization through storytelling. Please DM me for more information. pic.twitter.com/fM00YNzHVs
— Jordyn Lane (@RowlandJordyn) June 5, 2018
When I found out my sister was preggers in 2015 I knew I wanted to get her a #KateSpade baby bag. She loved it...and I loved that she loved it. Thank you, Kate for bringing us so much joy. I only hope you knew it...#StopTheStigma #MentalHealthMatters pic.twitter.com/g1pzbLnX6Z
— C. J. Allen-Crowder (@CJAllenCrowder) June 5, 2018
For my very first job in Advertising, I treated myself to a brand new Kate Spade laptop bag. Almost 4 years later and not only has the bag held up but so has my memory of how proud I was to have bought it. #KateSpade pic.twitter.com/SzWWSyj2FM
— deanna ? (@saraelenass) June 5, 2018
— physsy (@146Wood) June 5, 2018
— Royale Da - KOAT (@RoyaleKOAT) June 5, 2018
— Natalie E (@natida3) June 5, 2018
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