Kate Spade’s Brother Earl Brosnahan Asks for Family Privacy

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

Spade is believed to have hanged herself with a red scarf tied to her bedroom doorknob, according to The New York Times, which reported that she'd left a note.

Kate Spade's heartbreaking suicide sent shockwaves throughout the world, and some now fear for her brother-in-law, actor David Spade, the younger brother of Kate's husband, Andy.

The businessman has now confirmed the rumours, explaining how the couple had been living apart but close to each other and had been co-parenting their daughter Bea.

Most shocking of all, Reta revealed, "One of the last things she said to me was, 'Reta, I know you hate funerals and don't attend them, but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least".

"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he said.

He stressed that Kate had not been abusing any substances or alcohol, nor had there been any business problems.

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Andy Spade also said that his wife had sought medical attention for mental health struggles in the years before her death. The fashion designer's sister claimed the 55-year-old would repeatedly watch news coverage of the actor's suicide. "Toward the end of her life, she had a housekeeper, she had her assistant, and her child, and I think that was pretty much it. Kate didn't have many friends".

Brosnahan said, "We are grateful for the incredible outpouring of love and support the family has received over the last few days".

"My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother", he concluded.

She was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy in their NY apartment in 1993. "Bea - I have always loved you". The husband-and-wife duo parted ways with their successful company in 2007, after selling to Liz Claiborne Inc. She started the company based on six shapes of bags that she thought every working woman needed.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Brosnahan said he even urged Kate to quit the fashion industry altogether, stating how she made more than enough money to live comfortably and could do without the stress or pressures of the job.

Frances Valentine, with which she was involved until her death, focuses exclusively on shoes and handbags.

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