When the news of Kate Spade's suicide rang out over the internet, people were in shock.
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 5, 2018
The death of a public figure and beloved designer like Spade understandably affected many people, but it's her immediate family who is bearing the brunt of the trauma from such a sudden loss.
Spade is survived by her 13-year-old daughter and her husband of 24 years, Andy Spade.
Andy is the brother of actor/comedian David Spade, who spoke on the recent loss of his sister-in-law on Instagram and Twitter.
In his posts he remarked on how funny Kate was, sharing two candid photos of the designer. In both pictures she's smiling. The moments are personal, beautiful.
"Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it. It's a rough world out there people, try to hang on."
Coming from a comedian, being called funny is pretty much the ultimate compliment.
Spade, in a separate Twitter post shared this nice photo of Spade supporting the actor at a book signing. He echoed his love of her sense of humor. The look on Kate's face is a warm one.
Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I dont think everyone knew how fucking funny she was... Its a rough world out there people. Try to hang on
Kate Brosnahan met Andy Spade when they were both students at Arizona State University. Kate moved to New York City after graduating and Andy went to the city with her in 1988. He supported her career as a designer and in 1993 helped her launch a line of accessories. They weren't married at the time, but they called their new business Kate Spade. It was a smash success.
Andy Spade, in an interview with NPR described his relationship with Kate as being close - that they two of them "grew up together" in a way, starting in their 20s and into their 50s.
David Spade spoke a bit about his relationship with Andy and Kate back in 2015 on an episode of The Howard Stern Show.
"Growing up, I was always at least getting attention because he was cool. We were skateboarding together, but everyone liked him. He was always way ahead of the game. And then there was a window when I got on SNL where I was actually doing a little better and getter cooler for about a year and a half. Then they started Kate Spade and they blew by me on a rocket ship."
"I love having family around. Love [that] Andy's around. He's a smart f*cking guy. He knows his sh*t. And Katy's really, really smart and good — and she's hilarious."
Kate Spade's family released an official statement to the New York Times following her death, requesting that they be allowed to grieve in private.
"We are all devastated by today's tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time."
Her impact on the world of fashion is undeniable.
I decided to wear head-to-toe Kate Spade to an event tonight to honor her contributions to fashion and women in business. I always admired that she was self-made and was so sad to hear the news of her passing. Rest easy, Kate..and thank you for making so many women feel wonderful pic.twitter.com/fuRCrv8Ozx— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 6, 2018
As "unfussy" as I am, I still loved my Kate Spade bags. Practical, classy, and elegant... Praying for her family...her husband and 13 yr old daughter.— Viola Davis (@violadavis) June 5, 2018
She will most certainly be missed.
My heart and prayers go out to Kate Spade and her family. What a wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed.— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) June 5, 2018
I am so very sad about Kate Spade. My heart goes out to her family. What a talented and creative soul. We never really know how much people are suffering. If you or someone you love needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Rest In Peace dear Kate.— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) June 5, 2018
My sincerest condolences to the family of the beautiful and talented wife, mother and designer Kate Spade— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) June 6, 2018
If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression and needs help, please, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.