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Fashion World, Fans Stunned by Kate Spade Death: ‘I Am Heartbroken’

Style icon died in apparent suicide

The fashion world, celebrities and fans alike were shocked to learn that design icon Kate Spade died in an apparent suicide in her New York apartment.

The designer, best known for her brightly colored handbags, was found hanging by her housekeeper at around 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. She was 55.

Spade began her career in the early 1990s, co-founding Kate Spade Handbags, before branching out into clothes, shoes and other fashion accessories.

Officials said she left a note at the scene, but said they were not authorized to share its details. The news of Spade prompted many to offer support to those in need of metal health treatment.