Kate Spade was under treatment for depression, anxiety -Husband

Ron Galella via Getty Images                   Kate Spade appears with brother-in-law David Spade at the 69th Annual Academy Awards in 1997 in Los Angeles

Ron Galella via Getty Images Kate Spade appears with brother-in-law David Spade at the 69th Annual Academy Awards in 1997 in Los Angeles

Spade's former company issued a statement saying her death was "incredibly sad news".

This same source also said that Andy was "shook up" after his partner's death, and anxious about the impact her passing might have on their daughter.

"We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how", Andy said.

"It was a complete shock", he added.

Federal health officials said on Thursday that United States suicides had risen by 30% since 1999, and presents a "growing public health problem".

"Kate Spade's tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry". We were together for 35 years.

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He says that despite reports to the contrary, while he and Kate were living separately for a brief period of time, they were not legally separated or considering divorce. She was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide. "Long before we talked about 'authenticity, ' she defined it". Sometimes the subject came up in the context of news of a celebrity suicide and, Arons said, "she'd say to me: 'I would never do that". In his statement, Andy also opens up about his wife's struggles with anxiety and depression, and that she suffered from them for several years.

The grieving husband of fashion designer Kate Spade left his Upper East Side building Thursday morning - hiding his face behind a mouse mask.

She was 55 years old.

Kate Spade's older sister, Reta Saffo, said she and others suspected her sibling was suffering from bipolar disorder, an illness which she would self-medicate with alcohol. "We loved each other very much and simply needed a break". "She has a brand loyalty like none I have ever seen", Hitha Herzog, chief research officer of H Squared Research, told ABC News. They started a new venture in 2016, called Frances Valentine, selling handbags and footwear. "The Medical Examiner has made a determination regarding the death of Katherine Brosnahan, aka Kate Spade in Manhattan on June 5, 2018", Aja Worthy-Davis of the New York Medical Examiner's office said in a statement to Radar. "And I said, 'I don't think so.' I used my maiden name".

The designer was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and created her own line of handbags in the 1990s and then introduced both jewellery and clothing.

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