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Kate Spade’s Dad Reveals Last Conversation He Had With Her

The father of iconic fashion designer Kate Spade, Frank Brosnahan, has spoken out for the first time following the tragic death of his daughter.

Speaking to The Kansas City Star, Brosnahan opened up about the last conversation that he had with his daughter the night before she was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday.

“Well, I don’t know what happened,” he said. “She’d been taking some pills, which I advised her not to take. The last I’d talked with her, the night before last, she was happy, planning a trip to California to look at colleges. She doted on her daughter.”

Kate’s husband Andy Spade also spoke of how happy she seemed the night before her death, saying in an earlier statement that her death came as a complete shock. However, he also stated that Kate was regularly seeing a doctor and was taking medication to treat depression and anxiety.

On Tuesday, the body of 55-year-old Spade was found by her housekeeper in her bedroom. Police confirmed that Spade had left a note, pointing to her death being a “tragic suicide”.

Spade left behind a 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix and husband Andy. Brosnahan also spoke about how the family are coping during this tough time.

“I think they’re alright. We’re a large family and all close,” said Brosnahan. “We’ll get through it. But we certainly miss our bright, sunshiney little person.”

Bresnahan also said that despite the family’s heartbreak, they hope that Kate’s death will bring much needed attention to suicide and depression and will help remind those who are struggling that help is always there.

“One thing we feel is that any talk that they do that helps somebody else, Katy would have liked that,” he says. “She was always giving and charitable. If that helped anybody avoid anything…fine, she’d be delighted.”

This comes as New York City’s chief medical examiner has officially ruled the fashion designer’s death as a suicide, two days after her tragic passing.

If you or anyone you know needs help, please all Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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