Actor David Spade has broken his silence on the death of his sister-in-law Kate Spade. The New York designer passed away at her apartment on Tuesday, June 5, at age 55.
David, 53, paid tribute to his sister-in-law on Tuesday evening, hours after the news of her death was made public, in a heartfelt Instagram post.
“Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard,” David wrote in his post.
Many social media users and celebrity friends expressed their condolences for the family, including Jessica Alba and Kaley Cuoco.
The 53-year-old comedian who rose to fame on Saturday Night Live also shared a photo of one of his book signing events in a separate Twitter post where Kate was in attendance.
“Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I don’t think everyone knew how [expletive] funny she was … It’s a rough world out there people. Try to hang on,” he wrote.
David is the brother of Kate’s husband of 24 years, Andy Spade.
According to the Associated Press, the housekeeper discovered Kate’s body hanging in her bedroom at around 10 a.m. in her apartment. They discovered a note which pointed to “a tragic suicide.”
Authorities did not reveal what was in the note apart from that it included a message to Kate’s 13-year-old daughter.
Police confirmed that her husband was in the apartment at the time but the couple’s daughter was at school.
“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” a Spade family spokesperson said in a statement, according to the newswire.
“We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”
Authorities said they were unclear how long Kate had been dead. An autopsy is currently being conducted.
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