Designer Spade's father dies on eve of funeral

Kate Spade’s Father Has Died The Day Before Her Funeral

The night before the funeral, Kate's father Frank Brosnahan sadly died at the age of 89.

Kate Spade's father died Wednesday night, two weeks after his daughter committed suicide and the night before her funeral, according to a statement from his family and a spokeswoman. "He was president of the Midwest Heavy Construction Association the mid 19060's, after taking over the a family business from his father Earl F. Brosnahan, Sr. and his mother Helen Rose Brosnahan". The family says he was 89 and had been in failing health.

Spade's death rocked the fashion industry, and sparked discussions on mental health and donations to related foundations. He was surrounded by family when he passed. He's survived by his second wife, Sandy, three brothers, five children and eight grandchildren.

Spade was the co-founder of the designer label Kate Spade New York also a former accessories editor at the now-closed Mademoisellemagazine before launching her label in 1993.

"Her husband just shared a little about how they met, their love story and how she was a great person", he told the New York Daily News.

It's been a tough month for the family of Kate Spade.

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Spade has been laid to rest during a service in Kansas City, where she was born. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can't even begin to fathom life without her.

Days after her death, Andy revealed his wife had been suffering from depression and anxiety for a number of years. Her father, Frank Brosnahan, previously said it's the same church where Spade's grandparents Wednesday.

Following speculation, it was later confirmed that the renowned fashion genius - who leaves behind husband of 24 years, Andy Spade, and their 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix - died from suicide.

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand previous year for US$2.4 billion ($3.25b).

"One thing we feel is that any talk that they do that helps somebody else, Katy would have liked that", he said.

The family has asked for tributes to be made by donating to the ASPCA or to Wayside Waifs, a Kansas City no-kill animal shelter, in lieu of flowers, as Kate was devoted to animals.

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