Kate Spade fell into a deep depression days before she committed suicide because her husband Andy wanted a divorce.
TMZ reports that the couple were living separate lives, and that Andy had moved into a separate apartment after 24 years of marriage.
He was in the apartment however when Kate , 55, hanged herself with a scarf in her Park Avenue home in Manhattan on Tuesday morning.
The designer left behind a heartbreaking suicide note to her daughter Frances Beatrix, 13, which read: ‘Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!’
Andy was seen with the couple’s only child on Tuesday at the girl’s school, with a source telling DailyMail.com that he arrived with a police officer to get his daughter and tell her the news.
Kate’s sister said that the designer had been battling mental illness throughout her life, but it wasn’t until comedian Robin Williams killed himself in August 2014 that she began to realize Kate’s obsession with suicide and her unraveling mental health.
Kate’s suicide was ‘not unexpected’ according to her family who say she struggled for years with bipolar disorder – but was too scared to seek help in case it hurt her brand.
Her older sister Reta Saffo said Kate struggled to cope with her celebrity status, which only made her suspected bipolar disorder worse.
‘My little sister Katy was a precious, precious little person,’ Saffo told DailyMail.com. ‘Genuine in almost every way.
‘Just dear – but she was surrounded by YES people, for far too long, therefore she did not receive the proper care for what I believed to be (and tried numerous times to get her help for) bipolar disorder… stemming from her immense celebrity.’
Saffo said the 55-year-old never anticipated how successful her brand would become – and how she, with it, would become a household name: ‘She never expected it – nor was she properly prepared for it.’
Saffo told The Kansas City Star she’d noticed worrying signs of mental illness even when Kate was young – but the pressure of running her own brand meant her sister began to crack.
‘She was always a very excitable little girl,’ she said adding that ‘this was not unexpected by me’.