"But I just wish that we lived in a society that Kate Spade herself could have said many years ago that she had this struggle, and that she was sick, and that she was unwell and that she didn't have any fears of coming forward with that". "We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already", Andy said in a statement to PEOPLE on Wednesday.
The 53-year-old comic-and-actor was left devastated when his sister-in-law Kate Spade died in an apparent suicide on Tuesday (05.06.18) but he pressed on with his comedy gig at the Brea Improv Comedy Club in Brea, California, on Friday (08.06.18) because he didn't want to let down his fans.
Even though Ms. Spade had not been affiliated with the brand for a few years it still hosted her name. "I'd flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past 3-4 years to help her to get the treatment she needed (inpatient hospitalisation)", she wrote. He said they were not legally separated and never discussed divorce.
"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he said.
"It was a complete shock".
The line of handbags and shoes, which is carried by Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and DSW, has yet to find the mainstream success of her namesake brand and it remains unclear who will take over.
She said she had "gotten very close to getting her to go" to a rehab facility for treatment, but Spade "chickened out".
Spade was booked here at the Brea Improv in Orange County and told the crowd he didn't want to cancel after his sister-in-law's death
Kate and Andy Spade had been together for 24 years. We had so much fun that day.
Kate, an iconic fashion designer, was married to David's brother, Andy.
"She ventured out less and less and some friends began to wonder what was wrong".
"I guess Kate Spade has always been associated with bright, fun, colourful, happy things and then when I found out that she had passed and further when I found out she had passed by suicide I just found it hard to grasp", said the Summerside woman.
Dermot Shea NYPD Chief of Detectives told reporters that the note supports the theory that the cause of death was suicide. "Nope. Nope. Nope", Ms Delaney explained, noting how none of the bags appealed to her daughter's "style".
Andy Spade said he was appalled that "a private message to my daughter" had been shared with the media.
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