Big name fashion designer Kate Spade died by suicide on Tuesday.
A police official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the New York Times that a note found at the scene addressed to Ms. Spade’s 13-year-old daughter indicated, among other things, that what had happened was not the child’s fault.
Ms. Spade, 55, was discovered dead at her Manhattan apartment, where she had hanged herself in her bedroom, the police said. The New York police chief of detectives, Dermot F. Shea, said that the death “appears at this point in time to be a tragic case of apparent suicide,” he said. “It is early in the investigation.”
“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” the Spade family said in a statement. “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington tragically died by suicide last year, and their widows offered support to Spade’s family on Twitter.
Talinda Bennington tweeted, “My deepest condolences to Kate Spade’s family and friends. We are here if you need. God Bless.”
Vicky Cornell tweeted, “So very saddened by this – my heart goes out to her husband and 13 year old daughter.”
You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
So very saddened by this – my heart goes out to her husband and 13 year old daughter . https://t.co/pdp7PBrOz9
— Vicky Cornell (@vickycornell) June 5, 2018
My deepest condolences to Kate Spade’s family and friends. We are here if you need. God Bless.
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) June 5, 2018