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.
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.”
— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
Similar messages also surfaced on Twitter from the likes of Chelsea Clinton, Josh Groban and Olivia Munn.
My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 5, 2018
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018
Flowers outside Kate Spade store on the Upper West Side in memory of the designer found dead in her home of an apparent suicide at age 55 pic.twitter.com/PilFai9W0M
— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) June 5, 2018
Very saddened to hear about the passing of Kate Spade. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone with any circumstances. I hope she has found peace ❤️
— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 5, 2018
My very first designer purse was a black, shoulder strap Kate Spade. I treasured it and was obsessed with keeping the little white Kate Spade label clean. It’s funny how a purse can instantly make you feel like an adult. Rest in love. ❤️❤️❤️⛅️
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help. https://t.co/eruSexNoGj
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2018
Such terribly sad news about Kate Spade. Though we don’t know the details yet, it’s a tragic reminder that depression doesn’t discriminate. If you’re human, you’re susceptible. Anyone in its grip should feel no shame about seeking help. https://t.co/IVKQg2cfJj
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) June 5, 2018
So sad about Kate Spade. Breaks my heart to imagine the pain she must have been in. God we need each other. Reach out.
— Marcia Cross (@ReallyMarcia) June 5, 2018
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 SuicidePreventionLifeline.org. If you live outside the U.S., you can find a list of suicide-prevention hotlines worldwide here.