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David Spade Reacts to Sister-in-Law Kate Spade’s Death

Kate Spade’s brother-in-law, David Spade, has broken his silence and captured what we imagine to be the prevailing sentiment regarding her death: “I still can’t believe it.”

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The actor took to both Twitter and Instagram to pay tribute to Kate. The two were connected through her marriage to his brother, Andy Spade.

“Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day,” David shared on Instagram. “She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still can’t believe it.”

On Twitter, David’s affection for Kate similarly shone through. “Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I don’t think everyone knew how fucking funny she was … It’s a rough world out there people. Try to hang on,” he captioned a sweet photo of Kate smiling at him.


The news broke yesterday that Spade was found dead on Tuesday in her Park Avenue apartment of an apparent suicide. In addition to David’s response, the family issued a statement, saying, “We are all devastated by today’s tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”

Reta Saffo also told the Daily News, “I’d flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past 3-4 years to help her get the treatment she needed (inpatient hospitalization). She was always a very excitable little girl and I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive,” Saffo wrote in an email to the outlet.

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Kate is survived by her husband, Andy, who was said to be living in an apartment nearby, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix.

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 300 million people globally experience depression, which is extremely treatable.

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.

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