Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was been found dead in her New York apartment.


According to reports, the 55 year-old Spade whose body was found by her housekeeper Tuesday morning, allegedly hung herself in her apartment leaving behind a suicide note. Police are investigating her death as an apparent suicide.


Reporters gathered outside Kate Spade’s apartment as news of her death emerged. Photo: AFP


The Spade family released a statement asking for privacy as they came to terms with her death.


“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” it said.


“We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”


Spade, who once edited fashion magazine Mademoiselle, was well known as a designer of clothes, shoes, and jewellery, but was best known for her accessory line.


She co-founded Kate Spade Handbags in 1993 with husband Andy Spade then three years later opened its first store in New York and has more than 300 branches worldwide.


The world of fashion and design has been paying tribute to her work.


Kate Spade New York issued an official statement on their Twitter confirming the death of their founder.





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