Police sources say she left a suicide note, asking her young daughter not to blame herself.
He said in a statement Wednesday that his wife was seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication to treat her disease. Others cited unnamed fashion industry insiders who claimed Spade had been "drinking a lot" and was dealing with business problems. We were together for 35 years.
The businessman has now confirmed the rumours, explaining how the couple had been living apart but close to each other and had been co-parenting their daughter Bea.
The grieving husband of fashion designer Kate Spade left his Upper East Side building Thursday morning - hiding his face behind a mouse mask.
Andy, 55, said he and Kate had lived separately for almost a year, but denied that either of them was seeking a divorce.
"My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother", his statement concludes. "Kate loved Bea so very much".
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And by all accounts, it appears Spade had a special place in her heart for the woman who helped keep her homes and cook for her family. Over a decade ago, she sold the business and later launched a luxury line Frances Valentine.
Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Kate Spade New A Kate Spade handbag on diplay at the Leopard Leopard Leopard Pop-Up Shop hosted by Kate Spade New York & Man Repeller on September 28, 2017 in New York City.
Brosnahan said they had not discussed the subject of divorce, although he did believe some of her sadness derived from having grown apart from her husband.
"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he said.
"Kate designed with great charm and humor, and built a global empire that reflected exactly who she was and how she lived". They started a new venture in 2016, called Frances Valentine, selling handbags and footwear. "At the time, bags were too complicated, and I really loved very simple kind of architectural shapes", Spade said previous year on the NPR show "How I Built This with Guy Raz".