As news of renowned fashion designer Kate Spade’s death from an apparent suicide spread, tributes to the designer who shaped a generation of women poured in — from her celebrity clientele and designer peers to everyday women proud to own a Kate Spade handbag.
On June 5th, the acclaimed designer was found dead in her New York City apartment in what law enforcement officials are calling a suicide. In a moving post on Instagram, the designer’s niece, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan, has just spoken out about the death of her aunt (Spade, 55, was born Katherine Noel Brosnahan).
Sharing a short video of Spade dancing with her husband Andy to a mariachi band, the House of Cards alum paid tribute to the late fashion designer, sharing her own memories with Spade and calling her “one of the most generous people I have ever known.”
Spade’s brother-in-law, comedian David Spade, also took to Instagram and Twitter to share a memories of the late designer.
Like Brosnahan, the Saturday Night Live alum remembered his sister-in-law for her humor and wit.
Alongside a slightly blurry photo of the two, he wrote on Instagram, “Fuzzy picture but i love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it. Its a rough world out there people, try to hang on.”
Our hearts go out to all of Kate Spade’s loved ones at this time. If you or someone you know is in crisis or currently struggling with thoughts of suicide, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.