Designer Kate Valentine, formerly known as Kate Spade, has died of a reported suicide. She was 55 years old.
NYPD confirmed to InStyle that she was found unresponsive in her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday morning. She was confirmed dead at the scene.
According to the Associated Press, Spade was found hanging in her apartment by housekeeping staff on Tuesday. A note was found at the scene.
Spade was an American businesswoman who is the former owner of her namesake brand, Kate Spade New York. She sold the last shares of the company back in 2007, and launched a new brand called Frances Valentine in 2016. She also formally changed her name to Kate Valentine in 2016.
Born Kate Brosnahan, Spade grew up Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Arizona State University, and later went on to work in publishing. She worked in the accessories department of Mademoisellemagazine in the late '80s. She left the magazine in 1991, and launched her namesake brand in 1993 with her husband, Andy Spade.
She is survived by one daughter and her husband Andy Spade, brother of actor David Spade. Her family released a statement to the New York Daily News Tuesday about her passing.
“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” her family said. “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”
This post is being updated as more information is made available.
This article originally appeared on InStyle US.