The father of famous fashion designer Kate Spade has died on the eve of Spade’s funeral. Kate committed suicide back on June 5th, her housekeeper found her dead. Kate’s father, Earl Brosnahan Jr., 89, had been in bad health before passing away. It’s been said that he was “heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter.”
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy’s father, Earl “Frank” Brosnahan, Jr., passed away last night at age 89. He had been in failing health and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter. He was at home and surrounded by family at the time of his passing,” the statement read.
Kate’s husband said she’d had depression and anxiety for many years. He said his wife had been seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication. The couple had been living separately for the last ten months but spoke to each other every day and saw each other often. There not legally separated and never spoke of divorce.
Kate began her career back in 1993 while working as an editor at Mademoiselle magazine. It was then that she and her husband launched her company and the rest is history. Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand last year for $2.4 billion. The couple had recently started a new handbag company Frances Valentine.
Kate Spade’s father Early is survived by his second wife Sandy, who was by him when he passed, three brothers, a sister as well as five children and eight grandchildren. Frank, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and was a lifelong resident, served in the U.S. Navy before graduating from the University of Miami in 1949, after which he returned to Kansas City to work in in the family construction business, which he eventually took over from his father Earl F. Brosnahan, Sr. and his mother Helen Rose Brosnahan.
In addition to being an avid tennis player and a charter member of the Carriage Club in Kansas City for more than 50 years, Frank took up golf and was a great lover of his two Yorkshire Terriers.
It was announced that Kate Spade would be laid to rest today, June 21st in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church.