Online reaction to Kate Spade’s death includes calls for more mental health resources
Published Tuesday, June 5, 2018 1:46PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 5, 2018 2:41PM EDT
Messages of condolence are pouring in online following news of Kate Spade’s apparent suicide inside her New York apartment.
Law enforcement officials said housekeeping staff found the 55-year-old fashion designer and entrepreneur, best known for her namesake line of women’s handbags, clothing, jewelry and shoes, hanging on Tuesday morning.
A flurry of messages lamented the death of the iconic businesswoman. Many included links and phone numbers to mental health resources.
Here is a look at the reaction from fashion luminaries and other notable personalities on Twitter so far:
And if you struggle with mental illness, know you aren’t alone. There is power in asking for help. The more we talk about it, the more change we can see. Life is worth living and you are worth every second of it.— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help. https://t.co/eruSexNoGj— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2018
I am so sad about Kate Spade. I know to a lot of people bags are bags, but her purses have brought me so much joy (I call my typewriter bag a therapy bag because people like to pet it and smile).— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) June 5, 2018
I hope she knows how happy she made complete strangers. Much peace, Kate. pic.twitter.com/I0sLbLsinp
The CFDA is devastated to hear the news of our friend, colleague, and CFDA member Kate Spade’s tragic passing.— steven kolb (@stevenkolb) June 5, 2018
– Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb https://t.co/OPJ0rw37t0
Beyond shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of #KateSpade She was such an intelligent, warm and wonderful force in fashion! Tragic that life had grown so dark for her. #rip pic.twitter.com/SyyjfQf2m6— Jeanne Beker (@Jeanne_Beker) June 5, 2018
My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 5, 2018
Ask any girl around my age about getting her first boxy Kate Spade bag and she’ll probably have a story to tell you. It was a magnificently simple cultural marker.— Abby Gardner (@abbygardner) June 5, 2018
My heart breaks hearing about Kate Spade taking her life.— Heart Defensor (@HEARTDEFENSOR) June 5, 2018
Please remember that you are enough and you are never alone. Depression does not discriminate and comes with no warnings. https://t.co/umfyBIuXkB
Re: Kate Spade— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 5, 2018
Suicide and Depression are serious issues that shouldn't be taken lightly.
If your friends talk about it a lot or seem depressed, let them know you care or if you are having issues, please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255
Kate Spade made some of my favourite pieces. Her use of colour was brilliant. Her books are wonderful. Her poor family. Thinking particularly of her young daughter. Absolutely heartbreaking.— Caroline Hirons (@CarolineHirons) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade taught me about how colorful life can be. She was an inspiration to so many, and she will be missed so greatly. We lost an iconic woman today, Rest in Peace, Kate Spade ❤️ @katespadeny pic.twitter.com/ni9pQK47Jl— Jeannie Mai (@jeanniemai) June 5, 2018
Nearly 45,000 people kill themselves every year. The highest demographic is middle-aged people.— Bindas Ladki (@bindasladki) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade is another reminder that we need everyone to know that there is help. I've been there myself; no one should feel like there's no hope.
Suicide hotline 24/7: 1-800-273-8255
With flies from The Associated Press