New York fashion designer Kate Valentine Spade has tragically been found dead, aged 55, in her Park Avenue Apartment this afternoon, 10:20am local time, it what appears to be a suicide.
According to The Guardian,
"Officials say the body of the 55-year-old businesswoman was found by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment at about 10.20am on Tuesday. They say she left a note at the scene. The officials were not authorized to divulge details of an investigation and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity."
The fashion industry has truly felt this tragic loss as the founder and director of internationally renowned and respected American fashion brand Kate Spade NY, as well as her only 2-year-old fashion label Frances Valentine, named after Kate's beloved daughter, has been added to the heartbreaking list of designers taking their own lives whilst still young. We are extremely sad to hear of this news today, and we send out our condolences to Kate's grieveing family and friends.
For more information about mental health and suicide, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/. In a crisis, call Samaritans on 116 123, or call 999 in an emergency.
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