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Kate Spade's Husband Reportedly Wanted A Divorce, Sending Her Into Depression

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One of Spade's sisters, Reta Saffo, told the New York Daily News that the suicide didn't come as a surprise.

However, Ms. Spade's older brother, Earl Brosnahan, said Ms. Saffo had been estranged from the rest of the family for more than 10 years, to the extent that she had not attended their mother's funeral in 2010.

Saffo emailed a statement to the Kansas City Star to explain that her sister's suicide did not come as a surprise, as Saffo believed that Spade required in-patient care. "I'd flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past 3-4 years to help her to get the treatment she needed (inpatient hospitalization)", Saffo said.

The source went on to say that the 55-year-old designer was a "kind, generous, funny, warm, and extremely private person". - The same apartment she reportedly took her own life in. "(The brand) became one of those accessible but quirky fun, timeless labels that everyone had to have, and her rise was synonymous with her name".

The carefree, poppy designs captured the imagination of women worldwide - but would become an albatross around Spade's neck, as she struggled with bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, Saffo said. Along with her husband, Spade grew a small line founded in 1993 to an worldwide behemoth bearing her name.

Investigators say she left behind a note addressed to her 13-year-old daughter, indicating that she was dealing with financial and marital issues. "I love this pic of her".

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Bette Midler also shared her condolences via Twitter.

Andy Spade had already moved out according to law enforcement sources. I even said I (would) go with her and be a "patient" too (she liked that idea) I said we could talk about it all - our childhood, etc. However, it appears he was at the apartment when Spade's body was discovered. The brand grew quickly and expanded to include shoes, luggage and other accessories, as well as a home line, stationery, and books.

Mallis, the former CFDA director, noted that the stunning news of Spade's death came just the morning after virtually the entire NY fashion industry had gathered at the Brooklyn Museum for the glitzy annual CFDA awards.

She and her husband Andy built a fashion empire around her signature handbags, counting celebrities like actress Ellie Kemper among her clientele. After becoming a retail giant, a portion of the company was sold to Neiman Marcus Group in 1999, and the rest of the company in 2006. The designer died of apparent suicide by hanging. She had hanged herself with a scarf tied to a doorknob.

Editor's note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.

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