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Kate Spade's Sister Shares Details Of The Designer's Mental Health

Kate Spade, known for her fashion line under her name died from suicide on Tuesday in her Manhattan apartment. NYPD confirms that there was a suicide note left addressed to her daughter Frances Bea.

According to a source from ET: "Kate definitely seemed to distance herself recently and her family was worried about her," The source continues, "Kate's suicide has been extremely heartbreaking and has left some friends confused because she kept a happy persona in public for so long."

Kate’s sister Reta Saffo spoke of Kate’s struggle with depression, saying the designer struggled with Bipolar Disorder. In a recent email interview from Saffo for The Kansas City Star, she said, “I’d flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past three to four years to help her to get the treatment she needed (inpatient hospitalization). She was always a very excitable little girl and I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive.”

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She also said they came so close to getting the treatment, but Kate would chicken out at the last minute. Saffo had mentioned that her sister had apprehensions of getting treatment because it would hurt the “playfulness” of her brand.

"Kate's suicide has made some friends question what they could have done to change the horrific outcome. She definitely hid the truth of her intense suffering from so many friends, and in turn, they had no idea she needed help." A source told tells ET before adding that the family’s main priority right now is Kate’s daughter, Frances Bea.

A lot of people are affected by the sudden death of Kate Spade. A few celebrities, public figures, and some in the fashion industry shared memories of Kate. One of these was actor and her own brother-in-law, David Spade. He shared a post on Instagram – “She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still can't believe it. It's a rough world out there people, try to hang on.”

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If you or anyone are struggling - please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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