World-renowned designer Kate Spade has died today after a suspected suicide.
The 55-year-old was reported to have been found hanged in her home in Park Avenue, New York.
The immensely successful and widely respected designer launched her New York-based design company Kate Spade handbags in the early 1990s along with her husband Andy.
As the nation fell in love with the quirky designs, the couple expanded their business, moving into clothing, jewellery, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby items, fragrances, tabletop, bedding, and gifts.
Kates former publicist Rob Shuter told Metro.co.uk: She was kind. She was decent and above all, she taught everyone around her to be nice. We are heartbroken.
High profile figures such as Chelsea Clinton, Josh Groban, Rosie ODonnell, and many others have shared tributes online to the designer.
Chelsea Clinton shared a touching anecdotal message on Twitter, recalling the moment she received her first Kate Spade bag, as a gift from her grandmother.
My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kates family, friends and loved ones in my heart.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 5, 2018
Fashion designer Liz Lange called Kate the nicest woman, thanking her for her support with her own maternity line.
The nicest woman, the first person to compliment me on Liz Lange Maternity when I first started. And the creator of the most iconic brand. I am heart broken by this news. https://t.co/teisqU6JK8
— Liz Lange (@lizlange) June 5, 2018
Fellow designer Kenneth Cole was also inspired by Kates work ethic and tweeted about her influence.
— Mr. Kenneth Cole (@mr_kennethcole) June 5, 2018
American actress, Beth Behrs who plays Caroline Channing on CBSs Two Broke Girls posted a tweet calling Kates death heart-wrenching and passed on her thoughts to Kates family.
Santa Clarita Diet and Steps actress Cara Satana also took to Twitter to share her condolences, saying that her vibrant legacy will live on.
— Cara Santana (@CaraASantana) June 5, 2018
Patti Murin who plays Princess Anna in the Disney musical Frozen said it was devastating to hear about the designers untimely death.
While mourning the sudden death, many also tweeted Kates brother-in-law, actor and comedian David Spade, star of Grown Ups, Rules of Engagement, and Saturday Night Live.
American comedian, actress and author Rosie ODonnell sent David a message of condolence.
Singer Josh Groban used the moment to talk about the importance of talking to someone about depression and mental health, sharing a suicide prevention line.
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018
Theatre singer and acctress Jessica Vosk had the same message to share.
Shocked to hear of Kate Spades passing. She was a pioneer for womens fashion, and to the outside world, a success in every way. But mental illness does not discriminate. No matter who you are. If you ever feel alone, know there is ALWAYS help. Love you.
— Jessica Vosk (@JessicaVosk) June 5, 2018