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'I Feel Like Katy Wouldn't Have Done It, 5 Minutes Later'

David Spade opens up about suicide of sister-in-law Kate Spade, other deaths in his life
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2019 11:22 AM CDT
Updated Jul 27, 2019 3:00 PM CDT
David Spade attends the premiere of Netflix's "The Week Of" in New York in this file photo.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – David Spade is making the rounds to publicize his new Comedy Central show Lights Out, and an interview with the New York Times treads into some emotional territory. At one point, he reflects on the 2018 suicide of his sister-in-law, fashion icon Kate Spade, with this observation: "I feel like Katy wouldn't have done it, 5 minutes later. But these things happen and there's no going back." He adds that "I don’t know if agoraphobic is the word, but she didn't like to mingle a lot; she'd have people at her house and she was always so funny." The story notes that Spade's stepfather committed suicide when Spade was 15, one of the first of several deaths that would scar him. Another was his comedian friend Chris Farley in 1997.

"You just have to learn to shut off the tear valve," says the 55-year-old. On the Farley front, Spade says that to this day he's on the receiving end of social media comments along the lines of, "I wish you died instead of Chris Farley"—multiple times each week. The profile includes flattering comments about Spade from the likes of fellow SNL alums Chris Rock, Norm Macdonald, and Kevin Nealon. Click to read the full story, which notes that Spade's plum new time slot—at 11:30pm after Trevor Noah's show—could give him a platform and credibility he's never enjoyed before. The show premiered Monday. (Spade's brother, Andy, recently paid tribute to his late wife.)

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