The death of Kate Spade has been a sad one! The elderly father of Kate, Frank Brosnahan has revealed that she was planning a cross-country trip for her 13-year-old daughter’s future the night before she died.
Brosnahan knew his daughter was struggling with her mental health and spoke to her on Monday night, just hours before her death, he told the Kansas City Star .
“She’d been taking some pills, which I advised her not to take,” he said, adding that when they spoke, she was “happy” and looking to the future.
“Well, I don’t know what happened. The last I talked with her, the night before last, she was happy planning a trip to California to look at colleges. She doted on her daughter.”
Brosnahan didn’t talk about the type of pill Kate had been taking, although her husband Andy has since confirmed she was on medication for depression and anxiety.
“One thing we feel is that any talk that they do that helps somebody else, Katy would have liked that,” he went on.
“She was always giving and charitable. If that helped anybody avoid anything – fine, she’d be delighted.”
He said he hoped Kate would be laid to rest back home in Kansas City, where her mum June – who died in 2010 – is buried.
“We’re a large family and all close. We’ll get through it,” Frank added. “But we certainly miss our bright, sun-shiney little person.”
It came after Kate’s estranged husband Andy, who co-founded her Kate Spade brand back in 1993, confirmed they had indeed separated and were living apart for the last 10 months, amid reports of marriage difficulties.
In a statement to the New York Times , Andy said that he and Frances were “devastated by her loss” and “deeply heartbroken”.
“Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years,” he said.
“Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy.
“There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”
He went on: “For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other. Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family. Our daughter was our priority.
“We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce. We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how. We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break.”
Andy added: “This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false. She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety.
“There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter. I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media.
“My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother. Kate loved Bea so very much.”