I am sure everyone has heard about Kate Spade and her recent passing. She passed recently from apparent suicide at age 55 in her own home. Kate was an iconic fashion designer best known for her sleek and modern handbags. She started the company in the 1990’s, it grew into an international brand and retail chain, which was sold in 2007 for approximately 125 million to Liz Claiborne Inc.
I don’t actually own any of her bags or accessories, but I did/do covet quite a few. How could you not! Beautiful bags with clean lines, super soft leather and roomy interiors. Or maybe you want a little bling, flowers or a flamingo! All with a starting price tag of about $300.
But it was the article this morning on ET Canada that really got to me. “Andy Spade Gives Heartbreaking Statement On Wife Kate Spade’s Death: ‘We Can’t Even Begin To Fathom Life Without Her’”
“This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false.,” he continues. “There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems.”
Despite reports Kate left a suicide note addressed to their daughter Bea, Spade says he has not seen it.
“I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media,” his statement reads, before asking for privacy for the couple’s daughter.
“My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother,” he states. “Kate loved Bea so very much.”
– Andy Spade
The media response and the social media response has been overwhelming. Some of it was amazing and heart warming! I wonder if Kate knew she was so loved and respected and that she had made such an impact on so many lives. But then the details released possibly untrue? Was there a note? What did it say? Do we really need to know?
NO WE DON’T. It’s a family matter.
Let them grieve in peace.
I thought this was beautiful:
In her 2002 Glamour Women of the Year interview, Kate Spade said: “I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend—and a heck of a lot of fun.”
Kate Spade was an amazing, talented and smart business women. Can we not give this family some peace! This 13 year old girl lost her mother at a very influential and hormonal/emotional time in her tween life and now she has to read all the junk posted and speculated about in the news and social media about her mother.
People should be a shamed of themselves!
If you need help, please reach out to someone you care about. There is also many organizations there to support you. The CBC article I read had some great links if you need help, of who to contact and the warning signs to watch out for. I have listed them below.
Here are some warning signs:
Suicidal thoughts. Substance abuse. Purposelessness. Anxiety. Feeling trapped. Hopelessness and helplessness. Withdrawal. Anger. Recklessness. Mood changes.
Where to get help:
The toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre
Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS) (French): 1-866-APPELLE
Life is Hard & So is Death, let them grieve in peace
The Death of an Icon, let them grieve in peace
ET Canada Article: “Kate Spade’s Husband releases heart breaking statement”Kate Spade’s Death: ‘There Was No Indication and No Warning,’ Says Her HusbandCBC Article: Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York