NEW YORK (CBS)  — New York City’s chief medical examiner has ruled fashion designer Kate Spade‘s death a suicide by hanging. The determination was released Thursday, two days after the 55-year-old Spade was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment.

A housekeeper discovered her body in her bedroom. Police say she left a note that pointed to “a tragic suicide.”

Spade’s husband and business partner says she suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.

Andy Spade said in a statement Wednesday that his wife was seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication to treat her disease.

He said she “sounded happy” the night before and her death was a complete shock.

Andy Spade said his main concern is protecting their 13-year-old daughter’s privacy as she deals with “unimaginable grief.”

Kate Spade’s father said that she was planning a trip to California, The Kansas City Star reports.

“I don’t know what happened,” 80-year-old Frank Brosnahan told the publication Wednesday. “The last I talked with her, the night before last, she was happy planning a trip to California to look at colleges. She doted on her daughter.”

Brosnahan said he knew Spade was having troubles and that she had been taking pills that he advised her not to take.

He also said his daughter would be glad if ongoing, global talk about her death were to have a positive impact.

“One thing we feel is that any talk that they do that helps somebody else, Katy would have liked that,” he said. “She was always giving and charitable. If that helped anybody avoid anything — fine, she’d be delighted.”

For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or thinking about suicide tell someone who can help, such as a trusted loved one, your doctor, your licensed mental health professional if you already have one, or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.

 

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