Kate Spade remembered as vibrant and colorful, like her creations

Irene MckinneyJun 07, 2018

"She was always just as happy and delightful as her collection was", said Fern Mallis, industry consultant and former director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America during Spade's rise to success in the 1990s.

Saffo said her sister was at a hotel in Santa Fe when she saw the television news report of Robin Williams' death.

It's not clear how long she had been dead.

TMZ added that one can infer from the portion of her suicide note that Kate Spade believed that her estranged husband knew why she killed herself. "We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly", the statement read. This is not your fault. "The last person on earth you'd think would take her own life". She went on to say there are signs to look out for. She went on to say: "I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive".

"We've learned Andy Spade was not living at the family home ... he and Kate had separated and he was living in a nearby apartment. She was so sharp and quick on her feet", the actor said on Instagram alongside a blurry photo of himself speaking with a smiling Kate. "But also elegant", she said in the interview.

"We were freaked out/saddened", Saffo, 57, said, "but she kept watching it and watching it over and over".

The Grown Ups star's brother Andy became a widower on Tuesday, when Kate was found dead at their New York City apartment.

Police responded at 10:10 a.m. after Spade was found by her housekeeper, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said. Precious in every aspect, just dear- but she was surrounded by YES people, for far too long, therefore she did not receive the proper care for what I believed to be (and tried numerous times to get her help for) Bipolar disorder... stemming from her huge celebrity. "Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed away", Kate Spade New York said in a statement.

Saffor said Spade's husband and business partner Andy Spade assisted in trying to coax her into treatment.

Spade leaves behind her husband and the couple's one daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. "And then Valentine was my mom's dad's middle name because he was born on Valentine's Day", she told WWD in late 2015.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) all offer ways for getting help if you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues.

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