Kate Spade’s Husband Breaks Silence On Wife’s Apparent Suicide

Designer Kate Spade with husband Andy at The Fashion Group International 'Night Of Stars 2001: Dynasty - Generations of Design' awards gala at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City.
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On Wednesday, Andy Spade, husband of 55-year-old fashion icon Kate Spade, broke his silence about his wife's apparent suicide, releasing a lengthy statement to the press.

Kate was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday by housekeeping staff. The designer, according to Andy, was struggling with depression. The couple was not legally separated, but were on a "break" at the time of Kate's passing.

"Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already," said Andy in the statement.

Andy revealed that Kate "suffered from depression and anxiety for many years" and was "actively seeking help," which included working with medical professionals.

The estranged husband said he was completely shocked by Kate's passing.

"We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy," says the statement. "There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling."

Andy also addressed the status of their relationship, saying the couple had been living separately for the past 10 months but had never legally separated and never even spoke of divorce. "We loved each other very much and simply needed a break," he said.

"This is the truth," Andy noted. "Anything else that is out there right now is false. She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety. There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together."

The designer leaves behind the couple's daughter, Bea, whom Andy says Katie loved "so very much."

View the the statement in full, below (via The New York Times):

Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.

Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.

For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other. Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family. Our daughter was our priority. We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce. We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how. We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break.

This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false. She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety. There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter. I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media.

My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother. Kate loved Bea so very much.

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