Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead

Kate Spade at the 2011 VH1 Vogue Fashion Show Birthday — Cropped

Kate Spade at the 2011 VH1 Vogue Fashion Show Birthday — Cropped

He said detectives were still in the early stages of the investigation but that all evidence pointed to "a tragic suicide". A suicide note was found at the scene, he added. Shea wouldn't discuss what was in the note, but law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that, among other things, it contained a message to the teenage girl telling her it was not her fault.

During her career, she was honored twice by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, once in 1996 as an emerging accessories designer to watch, and for the second time in 1998 as the best accessories designer of the year.

Kate Spade has reportedly passed away.

Designer Kate Spade has died in what police are calling an apparent suicide. They said through a spokesman that they loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. They asked for privacy during "this very hard time".

A representative for Kate Spade said in a statement, "We at Kate Spade New York just learned of the incredibly sad news that Kate Spade has passed".

The Spade family released a statement on Tuesday: "We are all devastated by today's tragedy".

Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead from an apparent suicide in her Manhattan home Tuesday.

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Spade was found at around 10 a.m.by her housekeeper, and had hanged herself in her bedroom from a red scarf wrapped around a doorknob, reports The New York Times.

Fashionista Molly Pickett said: "Kate Spade is a prime example you can have all the success and money in the world but you don't know what emotional battles people are fighting".

Spade, who was 55, found fame for her handbag and purse designs popular throughout the 1990s and 2000s, and her company, Kate Spade New York, has hundreds of retail stores worldwide.

She sold the company in 2007 to take care of her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade, who was born in 2005. She was also instrumental in reigniting NY as a fashion centre; in the '90s it had waned, and everyone was looking to London for the latest trends.

Kate Spade being interviewed in her NY showroom. She went to Arizona State University where she met Andy Spade, who she eventually went into business with, forming the company Kate Spade.

Liz Claiborne then bought Kate Spade shortly afterward for a reported $US124 million, and Coach acquired the company a year ago for $US2.4 billion. "RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family", tweeted Josh Groban. She is survived by her husband Andy Spade and her 13-year-old daughter Frances Valentine.

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