Why Kate Spade Legally Changed Her Name in 2016

Other reports suggest that Spade's death is similar to another high-profile suicide - that of fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger.

The New York City chief medical examiner's office said the cause of Spade's death was under investigation. Interestingly, Andy was reportedly at the home when his wife's body was found.

Spade hasn't been associated with her namesake brand for more than a decade, but the company shared their condolences on its official website and social media accounts Tuesday. This is not your fault.

Both Mr. Brosnahan and Elyce Arons - Ms. Arons became close friends with Ms. Spade as an 18-year-old at the University of Kansas and later became her business partner in both Kate Spade and Frances Valentine - said they had been aware of Ms. Spade's depression and the separation in her marriage.

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During this time, she was even getting work as an actress, so her feelings were incredibly powerful as well as persuasive. So it was a big "wake-up moment" when she arrived in Hollywood, which is infamous for its boisterous boys' clubs.

USA media reports claim Spade and husband Andy had split in the months leading up to her death, while TMZ claim he had moved out of the family home. "You just never know the demons that people are dealing with". "Please!' I know she perhaps had a plan, but she insisted she did not", Saffo added. "She was always a very excitable little girl and I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive", she told the paper.

Anna Wintour praised the late designer, saying in a statement, "Kate Spade had an enviable gift for understanding exactly what women the world over wanted to carry".

"My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college", she wrote on Twitter. "She was so sharp and quick on her feet", the actor said on Instagram. Saffo said that she "tried numerous times to get her help".

While many remember Kate Spade for her fashion empire, the designer hoped it wouldn't be her only lasting legacy.

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The secrecy isn't stopping Twitter from taking its guesses, with the perhaps-too-obvious missing word being " breakfast ". The name change is definitely cooking up publicity for IHOP , but Twitter users aren't sure it was the right plan.

Saffo explains that Spade seemed fixated with the death of comedian Robin Williams, who had also taken his own life by hanging back in 2014.

Spade was found dead Tuesday in her NY apartment.

"She truly cared about her brand and didn't want the public to know of her pain", the source says. She was 55 years old. "She was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out".

Last year, Spade and her husband spoke with NPR's "How I Built This" about how they developed the company into a major lifestyle brand.

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

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