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Autopsy Confirms Kate Spade's Cause of Death - Page 2

Designer committed suicide by hanging herself with a scarf
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2018 11:25 AM CDT

  • Suicide rates rising: A new CDC report says suicide rates rose in 49 states between 1999 and 2016, reports the Washington Post. North Dakota, for example, saw its rate jump more than 57%. Perhaps surprisingly, Nevada was the only state to register a decline, though the Post notes that its rate is still higher than the national average. "This is a national problem," says deputy CDC director Anne Schuchat.
  • Hitting home: The suicide has triggered an outpouring of reaction from those who've lost loved ones to suicide or have contemplated it themselves, and the New York Times rounds up comments from readers. "Depression comes from different places, but it's all the same darkness," reads one.
  • The danger: Exposure to extensive coverage of the death can lead to what mental health experts call "suicide contagion," reports USA Today, The real danger appears to be coverage that focuses on salacious details of how the death took place. The newspaper cites a spike in suicides after the death of Robin Williams.
  • That first bag: An appreciation at Quartz focuses on the "Sam," Spade's first bag. See it here. The bag was actually one of six bags initially launched by Spade's fledgling company, but the simple rectangle "called Sam was the cornerstone," writes Marc Bain. He argues that it sums up her design legacy.
(Spade's sister says she wasn't surprised at the suicide, given her famous sibling's mental health troubles.)

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