Kate Spade Is 3rd Top Fashion Designer to Die From Apparent Suicide by Hanging

Alexander McQueen and L’Wren Scott both died in similar ways to the high-profile handbag designer

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Fashion designer Kate Spade’s apparent suicide on Tuesday morning shares some eerie similarities with the deaths of two other top designers who passed away in recent years: Alexander McQueen in 2010 and L’Wren Scott in 2014.

Spade was found dead by her housekeeper in her Manhattan apartment at around 10:20 a.m., with an NYPD source via CNN saying that Spade was found hanging by a scarf tied to a doorknob. According to the Associated Press, Spade also left a note at the scene, but they were not authorized to share details. She was 55.

Spade’s death shares a bizarre likeness to that of Scott. The fashionista, who was originally from Utah and designed for Mick Jagger and Madonna among others, died in 2014 at the age of 49. She too was found hanging from a scarf around her neck tied to a door knob but did not leave a note.

McQueen, who died in 2010 at age 40, also hanged himself. The British designer left an undisclosed suicide note and was found in the closet to his London apartment.

Spade got her start as the founder of Kate Spade’s handbags in the ’90s and eventually expanded to clothing, shoes and other fashion accessories. She’s related to comedian David Spade and “The Marvelous Ms. Maisel” actress Rachel Brosnahan.

Her brand, Kate Spade New York, touts more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally.

Last year, the designer’s name brand fashion empire Kate Spade & Co. sold to Coach Inc., now named Tapestry.