Kate Spade's husband says she suffered from depression

Spring colored handbags on display at the Kate Spade boutique within Macy’s in New York on Sunday

The husband of fashion designer Kate Spade, who took her own life Tuesday, says his wife was getting help for anxiety and depression.

He also shares that Kate was actively seeking help for her depression and anxiety for the last five years, and was proactive about seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication to treat her symptoms.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Kate Spade's body was discovered by a housekeeper in her New York City apartment on the morning of Tuesday, June 5, 2018. And it clearly wasn't her. Police say she left a note that pointed to "a tragic suicide". My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can't even begin to fathom life without her.

Brosnahan said he knew Spade was having troubles and that she had been taking pills that he advised her not to take.

In the statement, Andy explained that although they had been living separately for the past 10 months, they spoke or saw each other every day and co-parented their daughter together. She was the kindest person I've ever known and my best friend for 35 years.

Andy, 55, said he and Kate had lived separately for almost a year, but denied that either of them was seeking a divorce. "We want to honor her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most honest condolences to the family".

First daughter Ivanka Trump, a fellow New Yorker with a clothing and accessories line, wrote on Twitter that Spade's death was "a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry".

"My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother", his statement concludes. We loved creating our businesses together. But it is sad and very hurtful, given the pain the family is enduring, that people with no real knowledge of the situation are leaking false, speculative information that maligns Kate's character and belittles the health issues she bravely fought.

Kate Spade was born Katherine Brosnahan and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. They started a new venture in 2016, called Frances Valentine, selling handbags and footwear. Andy Spade, her husband, addresses those matters and more in his statement.

"That seemed to make her more comfortable, and we'd get sooo close to packing her bags, but - in the end, the "image" of her brand (happy-go-lucky Kate Spade) was more important for her to keep up".

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