On June 5th, news broke that fashion icon Kate Spade — born Katherine Noel Brosnahan — tragically took her own life at only 55 years old. The luxury fashion designer had reportedly been battling mental illness for many years, in which her sudden death sparked public conversations about mental health issues.
As previously reported, Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment. Although few details were immediately released to the public, one family member later confirmed that she “fixated” on Robin Williams’ suicide in 2014 — making her suicide “not unexpected.”
Kate Spade fans were shocked and heartbroken following the tragic news — especially since her fashion line was very “happy go lucky.” Heartwarming tributes for the fashionista flooded the internet for quite some time after her death.
According to PEOPLE, Spade’s funeral will be held on 3:00 PM local time on Thursday, June 21st at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. This is the same Kansas City church were Spade’s grandparents held their wedding ceremony, so it holds special family value.
Ahead of the funeral, Spade’s official obituary was released. The touching obituary details Spade’s journey of climbing to the top of the fashion ladder and, additionally, highlights her most amazing qualities.
Before launching her infamous Kate Spade fashion line, she attended college and worked as an assistant fashion accessories editor. Her creativity, passion, and drive to succeed in the fashion world ultimately led to her launching her own company.
“To most of the world, she was Kate Spade, the beautiful embodiment of her brand and a glamorous cultural icon. Everyone knows of her global fame as a fashion designer responsible for the wildly popular and successful products that still capture the hearts and fancies of women everywhere,” the obituary stated. “Many women today recount their first experiences with the Kate Spade brand and the inspiration they drew from its namesake.”
“However, there was so much more to Katy and her life. Those who knew her personally can share stories of a phenomenally loving, giving, humble, warm and affectionate woman who tragically left this world far too soon. Katy’s determination was matched only by her generosity,” the statement added.
Spade was described as having a charming sense of humor, “infectious laugh,” being perceptive, an animal lover, and empathetic.
“She always aspired to put the best interests of others ahead of her own...She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister,” it continued. “Katy was kind beyond words to describe. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her and by the millions she inspired.”
Please continue to pray for Kate Spade’s family during this difficult time. In breaking news, a well-known actress was hospitalized following a suicide threat.