Kate Spade’s husband breaks his silence after her death

The husband of fashion designer Kate Spade, who apparently took her own life Tuesday, says his wife was getting help for anxiety and depression.

In a note found at the scene, Spade told her daughter Frances, 13, but known by family as "Bea", that her death was not the teenager's fault, said a police official familiar with the investigation. The 55-year-old entrepreneur, who was married to Kate for 24 years, revealed that the pair had been living apart for nearly a year before her untimely death.

Spade was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with her husband in their apartment in 1993. He dispelled rumors that his wife was abusing drugs and alcohol or reeling from business problems.

Her sister said in an e-mail to CBS that she believed Spade suffered from bipolar disorder.

He said her death was a "complete shock". "She was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out".

"I, personally - I don't know about Andy - took off a good nine years raising my daughter, and absolutely adored every moment of it", she said.

"I don't think everyone knew how f***ing amusing she was... Please!'" Saffo told the Kansas City Star. That I could help her fill in any blanks she might have.

Late Tuesday, West shared a screenshot of an article about Spade's passing, adding a message of "love" for Spade and her family. "We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already", he wrote.

Kate Spade had anxiety and depression for years, he said.

Saffo also said she had tried to persuade her sister to get in-patient treatment for mental health issues.

She claimed they were together when Kate learned of Williams' death and that she was hooked on news coverage of it.

Kate's sister and husband say that she had been suffering from mental illness for years, and Andy admits that they had been living apart for 10 months.

"We loved each other very much and simply needed a break", he said.

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

Their daughter, Frances Beatrix, who was born in 2005, had been living at both their homes and they maintained a semblance of family life for the youngster.

"We worked together at a clothing store, and I was on the women's side". The couple previously claimed the brand was meant to be an extension of Kate's personality - bright, colorful and fun.


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