Celebrities react to Kate Spade’s death

Spade's apparent suicide on Tuesday, at age 55 inside the bedroom of her New York Park Avenue apartment, "was not unexpected by me", Reta Saffo, Spade's older sister by two years, told The Star by email from her house in Santa Fe, N.M.

Saffo emailed a statement to the Kansas City Star to explain that her sister's suicide did not come as a surprise, as Saffo believed that Spade required in-patient care.

Saffo noted that she'd anxious that her sister had become "full-on manic depressive".

It's now been reported that Kate and her husband of 24 years Andy had separated in the months before her death. She was trying to convince her sister to seek treatment.

She is thought to have taken her own life and NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that they are not treating the designer's death as suspicious. "She was also a staple of NYC who spread goodwill".

Kate and Andy Spade had one daughter together.

"I'd spoken with them on the phone (not telling them exactly who the patient would be)", Saffo said.

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"I had just started in the fashion industry as an assistant and she was actually filling in as an accessory editor", Zee said. "It was a time in the marriage when it was right for them to be apart", she said.

"Bea - I have always loved you".

Law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that their interviews made it clear that Andy wanted a divorce while Kate, 55, did not. However, it appears he was at the apartment when Spade's body was discovered.

The 53-year-old actor took to his social networking sites shortly after it was announced on Tuesday that the fashion designer had tragically been found dead in her NY apartment.

The line began by designing its famously colourful handbags before expanding into other accessories and clothing, and eventually became a billion dollar brand. After becoming a retail giant, a portion of the company was sold to Neiman Marcus Group in 1999, and the rest of the company in 2006.

As of Wednesday morning, almost every one of the 64 pieces in the Frances Valentine "New Arrivals" section of the website had sold out, with only strappy metallic sandals ($345; francesvalentine.com) available for pre-order. The designer died of apparent suicide by hanging. Spade had apparently hanged herself with a scarf.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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