Kate Spade's husband acknowledges her fight with depression

Spring colored handbags on display at the Kate Spade boutique within Macy’s in New York on Sunday

Spring colored handbags on display at the Kate Spade boutique within Macy’s in New York on Sunday

"We should all remember the beauty and joy that Kate brought to this world".

The 55-year-old businessman was seen walking slowly to a waiting SUV as he was surrounded by photographers.

Andy Spade called his wife the kindest person he knew and said he can not fathom life without her.

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.

He did not specify a particular condition, but said she had been seeing a doctor and taking medication and did not use other substances or alcohol.

Her husband told The Times his wife's death came as a "complete shock".

"And it clearly wasn't her. There were personal demons she was battling", Spade wrote in the statement.

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"We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family". Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. "We want to honor her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most honest condolences to the family". Our daughter was our priority.

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

"We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how", he said.

"We were together for 35 years".

"This is the truth".

An unnamed source told Page Six that Kate had been a "major alcoholic", while additional anonymous sources also claimed that Kate appeared to have a drinking problem. We loved creating our businesses together. "We were co-parenting our lovely daughter", he stressed.

Andy Spade said he was appalled that "a private message to my daughter" had been shared with the media.

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Andy Spade says his main concern is protecting Frances Beatrix's privacy as she deals with "unimaginable grief". "Bea - I have always loved you".

The designer was reportedly found dead in her Upper East Side home Tuesday.

Early reports of Kate's death mentioned a possible note the designer left behind for her daughter - something that, if it exists, should absolutely have been kept confidential by everyone who arrived at the scene.

The fashion designer had spoken "excitedly" of an upcoming trip to the US West Coast with her daughter to look at colleges.

"There was a moment when you couldn't walk a block in NY without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colorful and unpretentious", Wintour said in a statement. The couple recently had started a new handbag company, Frances Valentine.

Spade, born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, was best known for her namesake brand of high-end modern handbags that grew to incorporate other womenswear.

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