AMERICAN FASHION DESIGNER KATE SPADE, DEAD AT 55

Household name Kate Spade is dead at 55. The celebrated fashion designer was found dead at her Manhattan home resulting from an apparent suicide according to law enforcement sources.

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On Tuesday morning, a Spade staffer reportedly found her hanging from a scarf on the door of a bedroom at her Upper West Side apartment. NYPD found a 55-year-old woman unresponsive at the Park Avenue residence just before 10.30 a.m. A note was reportedly found at the scene, though nothing is known about its contents. An investigation is ongoing.

Spade, hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, grew her clothing, handbag and jewelry company, Kate Spade New York, to an international brand. The company was recently sold to Tapestry in a billion dollar deal. Spade is survived by husband of 24 years, Andy, and daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade.

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