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Designer Kate Spade Dead at 55 in Apparent Suicide

Kate Spade attends the 5th Anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund at Skylight Studios on November 17, 2008 in New York City.
Kate Spade attends an event on Nov. 17, 2008, in New York City.
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Multiple outlets are reporting that fashion designer Kate Valentine, better known as Kate Spade, has died in an apparent suicide. She was 55.

Anonymous law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that Spade was found in her apartment on Tuesday morning by housekeeping staff. An investigation is still ongoing, but early reports suggest that Spade’s death may have been a suicide, with those same officials telling AP that Spade left a note.

Spade first rose to fame in the 1990s with a line of handbags. Coach bought her namesake brand, which she had already left a decade earlier, in a $2.4 billion deal last year.

If you need to talk, or if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273- 8255.