Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead, Reportedly Investigated as Suicide

Reporting the passing of anyone is never an easy task, and it's with a heavy heart we share the news that prominent fashion designer Kate Spade has died.

Spade was reportedly found deceased by her housekeeper this morning in her Manhattan apartment. Early police reports indicate her death is being investigated as a suicide.

Kate Spade at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, 10/19/01, NYC
Kate Spade at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, 10/19/01, NYC. Editorial credit: Everett Collection /

Kate founded her namesake handbag line back in 1993 with her husband Andy Spade, quickly becoming a fashion icon with her signature logo and classic lines. In 2007, Spade sold the line. Longtime handbag rival Coach purchased the brand last year for a reported $2.4 billion.

In 2016, Spade changed her name to 'Kate Valentine', in an effort to separate her "two different worlds".

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional