The revolutionary accessory designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her New York apartment from suicide by hanging.

Kate was the first designer to create the first ever ‘It’ bags back in the 90s. Kate Spade and her husband and business partner Andy Spade founded the business in 1993. Kate Spade as a brand has been described as a symbol of 1990s New York City.

As Kate’s family said in a statement: “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”

Kate was suffering from both anxiety and depression for many years and was working closely with a team of doctors to get medical help. According to Andy Spade, the night before the tragedy she sounded happy and well. There were no sings or warnings of the upcoming incident.

Recent statistics show that there is a worrying increase in suicide rates all over the world. Among women, 45- to 64-year-olds have the highest rate. This sad incident reminds us all once again that we need  to constantly be looking after each other and brings awareness of how serious mental diseases are and that you never know what even your closest friend or relative is going through.