"It Finally Took Its Toll On Her." Kate Spade’s Sister Tells How Depression Killed One Of The Greatest Fashion Designers

Date June 8, 2018

A few hundred years ago, we couldn’t imagine that the world would be so crowded. The more people are born, the more, unfortunately, are going to die. And although medicine miraculously increased the average life expectancy, apparently, it is not yet capable of controlling a new “epidemic.” Just think about it: So many rich, famous, overall successful people are ending their lives. The question is, why?


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Kate Spade's suicide

Reportedly, Kate Spade, 55, one of the most famous handbag designers, left the note on Tuesday, June 5, saying goodbye to her 13-year-old daughter, and committed suicide by hanging herself. She had money and was admired by millions. Her sister, Reta Saffo, believes she wasn’t properly prepared for it. After Kate’s death, a few controversial things came up.


Andy Spade made an official statement on June 6, where he stated his wife had been battling with depression and anxiety for many years, but the suicide came completely out of the blue. Reta Saffo, however, said that it wasn’t unexpected, as the sister believes Kate had suffered from bipolar disorder. Moreover, Kate made a worrying comment during one of the last conversations between the siblings. Reta shared:

One of the last things she said to me was, 'Reta, I know you hate funerals and don't attend them, but for me, would you please come to mine, at least. Please!' I know she perhaps had a plan, but she insisted she did not.


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"The disease took its toll on her"

If it is true, Kate clearly had something on her mind back then. Reta also believes that the suicide was caused not only by her sister’s mental health issues, but also by marital issues and possible impact of Kate’s depression on her happy-go-lucky brand.

She was definitely worried about what people would say if they found out.

Reta Saffo also opened up about the unsuccessful attempts to help her sister with her disease:

I’d come so VERY close to getting her to go in for treatment. … We’d get sooo close to packing her bags, but — in the end, the ‘image’ of her brand (happy-go-lucky Kate Spade) was more important for her to keep up. Unfortunately, untreated, it finally took its toll on her. A very tragic and sad ending to the life of a very colorful and delightful being.


We are sending our condolences to the Spade family. Our hearts go out to them, and we pray for Kate's soul.

Simple tips on how to improve your mental health

How come such people end up like this? It seems that anybody can get depressed to such horrible point. According to psychiatrist Ellen Vora, M.D., there are some good practices to help with depression and anxiety:

  1. Go to bed earlier, and put your phone away.
  2. Exercise is an effective and natural antidepressant.
  3. Whole foods and stable blood sugar can also keep you from negative thoughts.
  4. Quitting alcohol and caffeine can stabilize and heal your nervous system.
  5. Spend more time with people you are truly happy around.

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We live in the midst of a mental health crisis called the “Age of Anxiety.” Let’s not fall victims to this epidemic. Take care and stay healthy!

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