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Kate Spade's death confirmed as suicide

The fashion designer was tragically found dead by her housekeeper at her Park Avenue apartment on Tuesday at the age of 55.

In this file photo taken on 6 June 2004 designer Kate Spade attends the 2004 CFDA Fashion Awards at the New York Public Library in New York City. Designer Kate Spade, one of the biggest names in American fashion known especially for her sleek handbags, was found dead on 5 June 2018 in her New York apartment. She was 55. Picture: AFP

LONDON – Kate Spade's death has officially been confirmed as suicide by the Medical Examiner's Office in New York City.

The fashion designer - whose birth name was Katherine Brosnahan - was tragically found dead by her housekeeper at her Park Avenue apartment on Tuesday at the age of 55.

Now, the Medical Examiner's Office has released information on Thursday stating that Kate took her own life.

Andy Spade, Kate's husband of 24 years and business partner, addressed his partner's passing in a statement which he released on Wednesday in which he admitted she had "personal demons" she was trying to beat, which included her ongoing battle with bipolar.

Andy - who has a 13-year-old daughter Frances with Kate - 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."

Andy also confirmed that he and Kate had been living separately for 10 months before her passing, but the pair were still close and had "never even discussed divorce" as they still "loved each other very much".