Los Angeles: After news of death of designer Kate Spade hit the headlines on Tuesday night, celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Josh Groban, Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham remembered her as a “visionary”, who made women feel beautiful with her “colourful, quirky” designs.
One of the biggest names in American fashion, the designer was found dead in New York from an apparent suicide, the police said. According to reports, her 24-year-old marriage with Andy Spade was on the rocks.
Spade, 55, hanged herself in her Park Avenue apartment. Spade is survived by her husband and 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix.
The death of the designer – known for her sleek and colourful handbags – was confirmed by her label on Twitter.
— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
Witherspoon also took to the microblogging site to pay homage to the designer.
“My heart and prayers go out to Kate Spade and her family. What a wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed,” she said.
My heart and prayers go out to Kate Spade and her family. What a wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed.
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) June 5, 2018
Her The Wrinkle In Time co-star Mindy Kaling said she is “heartbroken” to know about Spade’s demise.
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 5, 2018
Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I dont think everyone knew how fucking funny she was… Its a rough world out there people. Try to hang on pic.twitter.com/2kRPvGvj8w
— David Spade (@DavidSpade) June 6, 2018
Josh Groban tweeted, “Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family,” while sharing the contact of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018
Actor David Spade, who is the late designer’s brother-in-law, took to Instagram to share a photograph with her.
Viola Davis praised Spade for her “practical, classy, and elegant” style of bags and wished well for her family.
As "unfussy" as I am, I still loved my Kate Spade bags. Practical, classy, and elegant… Praying for her family…her husband and 13 yr old daughter.
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) June 5, 2018
Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale wrote, “Very saddened to hear about the passing of Kate Spade. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone with any circumstances. I hope she has found peace.”
Very saddened to hear about the passing of Kate Spade. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone with any circumstances. I hope she has found peace ❤️
— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 5, 2018
And if you struggle with mental illness, know you aren’t alone. There is power in asking for help. The more we talk about it, the more change we can see. Life is worth living and you are worth every second of it. ????????
— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 5, 2018
Kathy Griffin also took to twitter to honour the designer. She posted a picture of herself and wrote, “…Thank you for making so many women feel wonderful (sic).”
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
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 6, 2018
Girls creator Lena Dunham thanked Spade for making her feel “beautiful”.
Kate Spade was more than a designer. She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike. She was also a staple of NYC who spread good will. My heart breaks for her family. Thank you, Kate, from one of the millions you made feel beautiful.
— ???? Lena Dunham ???? (@lenadunham) June 5, 2018
2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs narrated a personal anecdote of owning her first Kate Spade bag which she got in high school.
I remember when I got my first Kate Spade bag in high school. It was my most prized possession. My current wallet ,covered in bees , makes me smile every time I see it- it’s by Kate Spade. My heart is just broken for her family and loved ones.
— Beth Behrs (@BethBehrs) June 5, 2018
Singer-actor Janelle Monae tweeted, “Kate Spade forever.”
Kate Spade forever????????????
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) June 6, 2018
According to People magazine, the designer’s estranged sister Reta Brosnahan Saffo alleged Spade was suffering from “mental illness for a number of years”, a claim denied by the family.
(With PTI inputs)