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TOPSHOT - The body of fashion designer Kate Spade is removed by New York City Coroner's Office personnel after she was found dead at age 55 at her Park Avenue apartment on June 5, 2018 in New York.

Both Mr. Brosnahan and Elyce Arons - Ms. Arons became close friends with Ms. Spade as an 18-year-old at the University of Kansas and later became her business partner in both Kate Spade and Frances Valentine - said they had been aware of Ms. Spade's depression and the separation in her marriage.

Investigators say she left behind a note addressed to her 13-year-old daughter, indicating that she was dealing with financial and marital issues.

"I'd come so VERY close to getting her to go in for treatment (to the same place Catherine Zeta-Jones went for her successful bipolar treatment program)", she wrote. But within hours of the tragedy, her older sister Reta Saffo spoke to multiple media outlets, and Spade's heartbroken family is not happy with what she had to say.

Brosnahan, like many women who've spoken out about Spade since her death, credited her aunt for inspiring her sense of style. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this.

He said her death was a "complete shock".

"She made fashion fun and empowering and full of personality", Howard wrote in part.

Her husband said the couple had been living separately for 10 months, but were not planning to divorce.

"We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family". "Our daughter was our priority".

In an email to the Kansas City Star, Reta Saffo detailed her multiple attempts to get Spade into treatment but said her sister refused, anxious about what people would think of her. "We were together for 35 years", Mr Spade said in his statement.

The fashion icon had several stores around the world. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Spade's housekeeper found her with a red scarf around her neck. One of the last things she said to me was, 'Reta, I know you hate funerals and don't attend them, but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least. This is not your fault.

The luxury fashion company Coach announced it was purchasing the company for $2.4 billion past year. They moved to New York City and married 1994. She also said that she "tried numerous times to get her help".

He also paid tribute to her on Instagram, posting a shot of the two of them during Christmas. "She said to me, 'I'm thinking of starting a handbag line, ' and you have to think back in 1992 nobody did this".