Wednesday marked a somber anniversary for the family of fashion designer Kate Spade. It has been one year since the 55-year-old Spade died by suicide in her New York City apartment, leaving behind husband Andy Spade, a then-13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix and countless heartbroken fans.
One year after her death, two of Spade’s famous relatives turned to social media to pay tribute to the woman famed for her playful designs.
Comedian David Spade shared a throwback photo of him posing with his sister-in-law, adding a simple heart emoji in the caption.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan, daughter of Spade’s brother, also honored her aunt.
“Missing Katy B. today,” the actress wrote alongside an old photo of a beaming Spade, who was born Katherine Brosnahan.
Both messages prompted the stars’ followers to share heartfelt comments hailing Spade as a “beautiful and inspiring woman.” Many also shared their own experiences with losing a loved one to suicide.
Meanwhile, the Kate Spade New York Foundation announced on Wednesday that it was marking the first anniversary of her death by donating $200,000 to The Jed Foundation, which works with schools to improve mental health. The foundation has fulfilled its pledge to contribute $1 million to mental health causes in honor of Spade, who had depression and anxiety.
Spade was also in the news this week following Monday’s CFDA Awards, where stylist and red carpet host June Ambrose mistakenly asked attendee Hannah Bronfman, who was wearing a gown from the Kate Spade label, if Spade was at the event. Ambrose later apologized for the gaffe.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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