The Loss of an Icon: Kate Spade Found Dead by Apparent Suicide

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This morning, tragedy shook the fashion industry as legendary New York designer Kate Spade was found dead in her Manhattan apartment. The method of death was by hanging on a red scarf from her bedroom door. Authorities believe the death to be a suicide. The body was found by a staff member in the household.

At 55 years old, Spade had created an iconic image through her brightly-colored designs and bold prints that still remain one of the most popular looks in designer fashion. Some of her most famous accessories included her Cameron Street handbags and her Stacy wallet.

Images via Kate Spade

The details surrounding the designer’s tragic death is still yet to be fully revealed. A note has been found on site, but the nature of the note is unclear.

Spade’s death has been confirmed under her birth name, Katherine Noel Bresnahan, although she had recently changed her surname to her grandfather’s middle name, Valentine. Even after having sold her namesake brand in 2007, which was ultimately purchased by Coach last year, Kate Spade remains an iconic designer in both American and global households.

Kate, you will be missed, and your work forever remembered.

Korean-born writer and student from Vancouver, Canada. Currently studying at Biola University and writing a novel. I like chunky ice cream in almost any flavor except cherry, banana, praline, and chocolate, Chicago mix popcorn, and ube-flavored anything. I have more pink in my wardrobe than Elle Woods and buy more lip products than I should. Active on IG as @theurbanroyal with daily style, life, travel and food inspo.

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