The brother of fashion designer Kate Spade, who was found dead last week in her New York home, issued a public comment on her alleged health issues.
“We are grateful for the incredible outpouring of love and support the family has received over the last few days,” Kate’s brother Earl Brosnahan told People magazine. “We should all remember the beauty and joy that Kate brought to this world.”
He added: “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. We once again ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this challenging time.”
The New York Medical Examiner’s office said on Thursday that Spade’s death was suicide. That came two days after she was found dead.
Andy Spade, her husband and longtime business partner, also released a statement about her death.
“There was no indication and no warning that she would do this,” he said. “It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”
He and their daughter, Frances Beatrix, 13, asked for privacy after the death.
“Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world,” he said. “She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.”
Kate’s niece, Rachel Brosnahan, appeared at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday night. Brosnahan, who starred in “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” wrote on Instagram about the loss.
“She had a light that words can’t capture but touched everyone she came into contact with,” she wrote, according to the New York Post. “She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was effervescent.”
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