“Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already,” Andy Spade, 55, said in a statement to the New York Times on Wednesday.
Kate and Andy share 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix.
Andy, the brother of actor and comedian David Spade, also addressed reports of his late wife’s mental illness.
Andy also spoke about the couple’s marital troubles, revealing that he and Kate were focused on their daughter.
People confirmed that Kate was found dead on June 5th of an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment. Andy concluded his statement by shutting down rumors surrounding Kate’s death and the finances of their new accessories brand, Frances Valentine.
Kate, née Katherine Noel Brosnahan, founded her namesake label with her Andy in 1993. Thanks largely to her colorful handbags, the company rose through the years to billion-dollar prominence even as she sold her ownership stake in 2006. In 2016, she returned from a decade-long fashion hiatus to launch Frances Valentine, named after her daughter.
The Spade family previously released a statement to the New York Daily News that read: “We are all devastated by today’s tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”