Medical examiner confirms how Kate Spade died

New York City's chief medical examiner has ruled that fashion designer Kate Spade's death was a suicide by hanging.

Spade's husband and business partner said she suffered from depression and anxiety

New York City's chief medical examiner has ruled fashion designer Kate Spade's death a suicide by hanging. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press)

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.

Spade had suffered from depression and anxiety, her husband and business partner, Andy Spade, said in a statement on Wednesday. (Matthew Peyton/Getty Images for American Express)

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."


Where to get help:

Canada Suicide Prevention Service

Toll-free 1-833-456-4566

Text: 45645

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If you're worried someone you know may be at risk of suicide, you should talk to them about it, says the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention

Here are some warning signs: 

  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Purposelessness.
  • Anxiety.
  • Feeling trapped.
  • Hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Withdrawal.
  • Anger.
  • Recklessness.
  • Mood changes.