Heartbreaking news to report surrounding Kate Spade and her surviving family. Her funeral was set to happen on June 21st in Missouri. Her father never made it.
Earl “Frank” Brosnahan Jr. died just hours before, overwhelmed by the grief of losing his daughter to suicide. He was 89 years old.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr. (Frank), passed away last night at age 89,” a statement from the family read, according to PEOPLE.
“He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter. He was at home and surrounded by family at the time of his passing,” the statement read. “He was especially proud of his wife, children and grandchildren.”
Brosnahan was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived there much of his life. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated from the University of Miami in 1949. He returned to Kansas City to work in his family construction business. That business he took over eventually from his father and mother.
Brosnahan was an avid tennis player and a charter member of the Carriage Club in Kansas City for more than 50 years. He loved to play golf in his spare time. His daughter’s death occurred on June 5th. She committed suicide at her Manhattan home. She was only 55 years old.
The family decided that she would be buried on June 21st in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. That venue held special meaning to the family.
Brosnahan had told the Kansas City Star that the church was the same one Spade’s grandparents were married. Kate’s husband Andy and brother-in-law David were seen entering the church together.
Brosnahan is survived by his second wife, Sandy, who was beside him when he died, as well as three brothers, a sister and five children and eight grandchildren, and additionally Spade’s 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix.
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