Weeks after Kate Spade's suicide, her brother-in-law David Spade is honoring her memory with a donation to those in need.
“More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realize but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support,” he said in a statement.
Kate Spade hanged herself with a scarf in the bedroom of her Manhattan apartment June 5. She was 55.
The famed fashion designer battled “personal demons” such as anxiety and depression during her life, according to her husband of 24 years, entrepreneur Andy Spade. She had been regularly seeing a doctor and taking medication prior to her death, Andy Spade said, calling her passing a “complete shock.”
She is survived by her husband and their 13-year-old daughter. Spade reportedly told her daughter in a suicide note that the suicide was not her fault and to “ask daddy.”
Andy Spade denied rumors that he and his late wife were contemplating a divorce prior to her passing, though he did confirm that they had been living in separate homes, blocks away each other, for the past 10 months.
Following Spade’s death — as well as the suicide of celebrity chef and food writer Anthony Bourdain days later three days later — calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reportedly skyrocketed, increasing by 25% from the prior week.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) for free and confidential support.