Kate Spade's death ruled a suicide by hanging
FILE - In this May 13, 2004 file photo, designer Kate Spade poses with shoes from her next collection in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:03PM EDT
New York City's chief medical examiner has ruled fashion designer Kate Spade's death a suicide by hanging.
The determination was released Thursday, two days after the 55-year-old Spade was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment.
A housekeeper discovered her body in her bedroom. Police say she left a note that pointed to "a tragic suicide."
Spade's husband and business partner says she suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.
Andy Spade said in a statement Wednesday that his wife was seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication to treat her disease.
He said she "sounded happy" the night before and her death was a complete shock.
Andy Spade said his main concern is protecting their 13-year-old daughter's privacy as she deals with "unimaginable grief."