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Designer Kate Spade Leaves Behind a Loving Family & Fashion Legacy

The world learned on the afternoon of June 5 that fashion designer Kate Spade had died. She was found in her apartment New York City; it is unclear at this time how long she had been dead before her body was found. It has been confirmed by officials that Spade died by suicide. Officials also noted in their report that Spade had left what appeared to be a suicide note.

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Spade’s legacy will undoubtedly endure in the fashion industry and beyond. As one of the few women credited with starting and running her own highly successful fashion label from the 1990s onward, women and men alike will surely have fond memories of Spade’s iconic handbags and her eye for preppy, sleek design.

On Twitter all day Tuesday, there was a huge outpouring of grief, condolences and remembrances from celebrities. Among the many tweets to remember Spade, those at her own label, Kate Spade New York, tweeted out a message on her death: “Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.”

Similar messages also surfaced on Twitter from the likes of Chelsea Clinton, Josh Groban and Olivia Munn.

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Spade has left quite a mark on all of us. Our condolences go out to Spade’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

For more information on the warning signs and prevention of suicide, click here. If you’re considering suicide or fear you may become suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you’re worried about someone you love, visit If you live outside the U.S., you can find a list of suicide-prevention hotlines worldwide here.

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