Kate Spade suicide: Police find anxiety medication but no illegal narcotics at designer's apartment

Kate Spade was found unconscious in her apartment after allegedly hanging herself using a scarf. She is survived by her husband, Andy, and their 13-year-old daughter, Bea

                            Kate Spade suicide: Police find anxiety medication but no illegal narcotics at designer's apartment
Andy and Kate Spade (Getty Images)

The tragic death of Kate Spade got a little murkier after cops found a variety of anxiety medicines and drugs at the scene of her death, however, none of them were illegal. As per law enforcement sources, NYPD officers investigating the suicide of the 55-year-old designer came across several anxiety medications which were in fact prescribed to her, as it was revealed later by her estranged husband that she was battling depression and anxiety issues. However, it is still unknown if Kate had taken any of those medicines before she took her life.

TMZ revealed that there were no illegal narcotics in the house at the time of her death, or post that when the authorities were combing through her apartment.

Kate was laid to rest in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday under rainy skies. She is survived by her husband, Andy Spade, and their 13-year-old daughter, Bea, to whom her suicide letter was also addressed to.

In his statement after her death, Andy shared that the couple had been separated for a while — with he himself having asked for the divorce — and it was also revealed that Andy was in their house, looking for apartments to move out to, when she took her own life. The couple still continued to have dinners and also indulged in vacations together with their teenage daughter. 

Andy and Kate Spade during a party to celebrate the opening night of 'Henry V' as part of 'Shakespeare In The Park' to benefit The Public Theater July 15, 2003 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York City (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)


Andy also mentioned Kate's struggles with depression prior to her suicide. Kate was found unconscious in her home, after allegedly hanging herself with a scarf, and later pronounced dead by authorities. In her suicide letter addressed to Bea, she wrote: “Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!”

This is what her husband's full statement said, "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. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.

"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.

Kate Spade and Andy Spade attend the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Annual Downtown Dinner at Cipriani 55 Wall Street May 4, 2006 in New York. (Photo Donald Bowers/Getty for Company Agenda)


"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.

"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," Andy said in his statement.