The couple, who co-founded the eponymous brand Kate Spade New York in 1993, were married for 24 years and have one child, 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix Spade. "She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives", he said, reports Variety.
The determination was released Thursday, two days after the 55-year-old Spade was found dead in her Park Avenue flat.
When Spade's suicide was reported Wednesday, many of her fans said it was hard to reconcile the grim news with a treasured brand synonymous with a carefree NY lifestyle.
Underwood told the audience that her husband took his own life and left a note. "It was a time in the marriage when it was right for them to be apart", she said. Although he said he and his sister often spoke several times a day, it sometimes became hard to get her on the phone. In her suicide note it's reported, Spade wrote, "Bea - I have always loved you".
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Saffo contacted the Star to say that the story had misspelled Spade's childhood nickname, Katy.
How did Kate Spade die?
"Kate Spade's tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry. We would talk a lot about it and end up laughing", she said. Spade and her husband sold their remaining stake in the company in 2006 to Neiman Marcus for almost $60 million.
Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand a year ago for $2.4 billion, seeking to broaden its appeal.
Funeral arrangements for Kate Spade have not yet been announced. She sold the mega-successful company in 2007 before launching a new handbag brand, Frances Valentine, in 2016. She does not elaborate or share any more detail than to say 'Thank God, I'm cancer free. The pair had amicably separated about 10 months before her death. "We went to the cash register and [the sales clerk] said, 'Are you on our mailing list?" If you know someone who may be having thoughts of suicide, visit suicideprevention.ca to learn how to talk about suicide with the person you're anxious about.