Law enforcement officials say New York fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her apartment in an apparent suicide.
The officials say she was found by housekeeping staff after she killed herself in her Park Avenue apartment at about 10:20 AM Tuesday. They say she left a note at the scene. The officials were not authorized to divulge details of an ongoing investigation and spoke to the media on condition of anonymity. The officials didn't know what the note said.
The 55-year-old Spade created a line of sleek handbags in the early 1990s that created a smash.
Her company, Kate Spade New York, has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally.
If you feel you need support, please contact Lifeline at their new toll-free number: 800-5588, 231-2824, and 220-3636 or the Suicide Hotline at 645-2800 or 645-6616. The Ministry of Social Development has shared a list of resources for mental health and abuse support.
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