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Autopsy Confirms Kate Spade's Cause of Death

Designer committed suicide by hanging herself with a scarf
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2018 11:25 AM CDT
This 2004 photo shows designer Kate Spade during an interview in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – All signs pointed to suicide in the death of fashion icon Kate Spade, and the New York City medical examiner's office confirmed that on Thursday, reports the Daily News. The office ruled that the 55-year-old took her own life by hanging inside her apartment on Park Avenue. The confirmation comes after husband Andy Spade revealed that his wife had been battling depression and anxiety for years, though Andy Spade said that he'd spoken to her the night before her death and that she had "sounded happy." Andy Spade emerged in public Thursday wearing a cartoon mouse mask in an apparent attempt to avoid being photographed, notes the New York Post.

  • Her father: Spade's dad, Frank Brosnahan, tells the Kansas City Star that he spoke to his daughter Monday evening, the night before her suicide, and that "she was happy planning a trip to California to look at colleges" for her 13-year-old daughter. He knew of his daughter's problems, adding, "She'd been taking some pills, which I advised her not to take."
  • His wish: Brosnahan also said his daughter would be pleased if her death prompted a serious discussion of depression. "One thing we feel is that any talk that they do that helps somebody else, Katy would have liked that," he said. "If that helped anybody avoid anything—fine, she'd be delighted."

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