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American fashion designer, Kate Spade, tragically died this morning, June 5, 2018, at approximately 10:26 a.m. from an apparent suicide by hanging, in her New York City apartment on Park Avenue. Reported by The New York Times, A housekeeper at the residence found her hanging from the a bedroom doorknob with a red scarf. There was also a note found at the scene.

Born Katherine Brosnahan in Kansas City, Missouri, Kate Spade attended Arizona State University, where she met her husband Andy Spade, who ultimately became her business partner. Together, the pair launched the New York-based company, ‘Kate Spade’. The brand began initially selling handbags and then expanded to home, eyewear, and fragrance, among other small leather goods and branded trinkets. Kate Spade currently has over 100 locations in the US and over 150 internationally.

The husband and wife duo sold the company to Neiman Marcus Group in 1999, who eventually sold it to Liz Claireborne, Inc. Last year, it was reported that Coach has purchased Kate Spade for a whopping $2.4 billion, though an article published on Forbes last year, stated that the Spades wouldn’t see a penny from that transaction, as they had already departed from the company.

Kate Spade launched the company, Frances Valentine, in 2016, hoping to replicate the commercial value of the Kate Spade brand. There has been no word yet on the contents of the note Ms. Spade left behind.

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