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Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Celeb reactions to Kate Spade's death

Celeb reactions to Kate Spade's death

She was seeking help during the last five years, "seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety", Andy Spade said in a statement released last night. It was a complete shock.

Spade took a break from fashion until around 2015, when she and Andy rejoined with Arons to launch a new venture: Frances Valentine. In his statement, Andy also opens up about his wife's struggles with anxiety and depression, and that she suffered from them for several years.

She later returned to the fashion industry in 2016 to launch a fashion brand named after her daughter, who is now 13 years old. Nobody knows how many of us are depressed because many don't seek help, but the best "guess-timate" is around 16 million in our country. "We loved creating our businesses together", he wrote.

Andy Spade said he and his wife had made a decision to take a break and had lived in separate residences for 10 months.

Andy Spade, the brother of comedian David Spade, said she "sounded happy" the night before her suicide. A note was found nearby, but the contents of the note are not public right now.

The New York City medical examiner's office has confirmed designer Kate Spade's cause of death as a suicide, Us Weekly reports.

"Our daughter was our priority", he said. "We want to see what works", she says. "Ask if they have had the thought and let them know that it's not unusual for people that "feel like they do or are going through what they are" to have those thoughts", he reasons.

"It was Katy's way to be accessible and available to everyone", he said.

Her passing has inspired many people to share their first "Kate Spade experience", and the stories are hitting us hard.

"Until we give mental health the same respect we give physical health, we are failing those around us", she tells Babble. However, he declined to characterize her state as either manic depression or a lifelong condition. It suggest many deaths, follow relationship problems substance use or financial issues.

"We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce", he added.

He said the couple had lived apart for the last 10 months, but there were no plans to divorce. "They both agreed to it".

"I'd come so VERY close to getting her to go in for treatment (to the same place Catherine Zeta-Jones went for her successful bipolar treatment program)".

"Katy was very happy most of the time, the funniest person in the world, and sometimes she would get really sad", Arons continued.

"She kept watching it and watching it over and over".

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