Kate Spade's dad admits to warning her about prescription pills and reveals his last conversation with her

Frank, Kate's dad, described her as being always giving and charitable and hopes that her death will help shed light on mental health and maybe help others.


                            Kate Spade's dad admits to warning her about prescription pills and reveals his last conversation with her

On Tuesday (June 5), Kate Spade was found dead at her apartment in Manhattan where she had hanged herself in the bedroom. Her death came as a shock and now, her dad, Frank Brosnahan is breaking his silence on the death of his beloved daughter. Talking to Kansas City Star, Frank explained that he had been aware of his daughter's mental health but had asked her not to continue taking the prescription pills. 

Kate's dad says he warned her against prescription pills (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Kate's dad says he warned her against prescription pills (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

"She'd been taking some pills, which I advised her not to take," he said in the interview. He confessed that he had spoken to Kate the night before her death but is uncertain what would have gone wrong after that because she seemed to be fine while on the phone. "The last I talked with her, the night before last, she was happily planning a trip to California to look at colleges. She doted on her daughter," he said. 

Even though Kate's death has been a devasting news for many, Frank feels that it will help shed light on mental health and maybe help others. "She was always giving and charitable. If that helped anybody avoid anything — fine, she'd be delighted," he told the paper. Frank added that he hopes to have his daughter buried back home in Kansas City, Missouri next to his late wife. 

Kate's sister recalled the family knew about her depression (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Kate's sister recalled the family knew about her depression (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

"At least that's what I would like. I'd like for her to be buried with her mother. They were very close," he said. When asked about how the other family members were doing, Frank said that they are all trying to get through "but we certainly miss our bright, sun-shiny little person." Along with Frank, other family members have also commented about Kate's death. Recently, Kate's sister,  Reta Saffo, opened up about her sister's mental health while she added that the news about her death was not unexpected. 

Speaking to Kanas City Star, Reta disclosed that the family members had been trying to help Kate with her depression problems. "I will say this was not unexpected by me. I’d flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past 3-4 years to help her to get the treatment she needed. I’d come so very close to getting her to go in for treatment… we’d get so close to packing her bags… she was definitely worried about what people would say if they found out," she said. 

Reta also recalled the final conversation she had with her sister. "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," she added.