American fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her New York apartment.
Reports state that the 55-year-old was found unresponsive by a housekeeper at 11am (1am AEST) in the bedroom of her Manhattan apartment. Her death is being investigated as a suspected suicide.
According to News.com.au, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters, “At this point, there was a note left. The contents of that note, as well as the physical state of the apartment and the comments of the witness, lend to the credibility that it is an apparent suicide.”
Social media has been flooded with admiration for her legacy and a call to action for suicide prevention.
My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.
#KateSpade, whose lively, colorful, and yes, joyous designs has died. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends, and her many fans around the world, who loved the wonderful illusions she created. I am stunned.
I am so very sad about Kate Spade. My heart goes out to her family. What a talented and creative soul. We never really know how much people are suffering. If you or someone you love needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Rest In Peace dear Kate.
I decided to wear head-to-toe Kate Spade to an event tonight to honor her contributions to fashion and women in business. I always admired that she was self-made and was so sad to hear the news of her passing. Rest easy, Kate..and thank you for making so many women feel wonderful pic.twitter.com/fuRCrv8Ozx
If you or someone you know needs help, mental health professionals are available at: Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat (3PM-12AM AEST) or email responses (within 24 hours) Headspace on 1800 650 890 Lifeline on 13 11 14