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Kate Spade's Husband Releases Statement: 'There Was No Indication And No Warning'

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Ron Galella via Getty Images                   Kate Spade appears with brother-in-law David Spade at the 69th Annual Academy Awards in 1997 in Los Angeles

A housekeeper found her hanging with a red scarf around her neck attached to a doorknob at approximately 10:20 a.m. ET.

Law enforcement sources told the Associated Press she appeared to have died from a suicide, and she left behind a note.

Andy Spade also said that his wife had sought medical attention for mental health struggles in the years before her death.

Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images A sign for a Kate Spade shop in Covent Garden, London.

Spade is survived by her daughter and husband, brother of actor David Spade.

He also shares that Kate was actively seeking help for her depression and anxiety for the last five years, and was proactive about seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication to treat her symptoms.

She walked away from the company in 2007, a year after it was acquired from the Neiman Marcus Group for $125 million (then known as Liz Claiborne Inc.).

"But we certainly miss our bright, sunshiney little person", he tells the newspaper, adding that his daughter would have been gratified to know the discourse surrounding her death had potential to help someone else.

Kate Spade's handbags feature vibrant colors and eye-catching polka dots, just as smile-inducing as the quirky quotes - "bright like glitter, and bubbly like Champagne" - that adorn the walls of the fashion designer's stores.

Frances Valentine, with which she was involved until her death, focuses exclusively on shoes and handbags. And she changed her name to Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Brosnahan Spade. Over a decade ago, she sold the business and later launched a luxury line Frances Valentine.

Spade was born in Kansas City, MO, in 1962, and she attended the University of Kansas before transferring to Arizona State University.

Celebrities and fashion elite reacted to her death with shock and sympathy on Tuesday. The New York Police Department confirmed to Us that Spade was "unconscious and unresponsive" when emergency responders arrived. "It was a time in the marriage when it was right for them to be apart", she said.

"She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories", they said.

"We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family", he said in the statement, which was obtained by WWD after first being reported by The New York Times.

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