Though their family tried to get Kate into treatment, it never happened because "she was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out". "My love is with her family and friends at this very sad time". "People who were used to hanging out socially with her started to worry about her because she was nowhere to be seen". She called them her "stepping stones" - and said years later that they were still her favorites.
According to the source, Spade "tried desperately to hide" her stuggle with depression. Her sister said in an e-mail to CBS This Morning that she believed Spade suffered from bi-polar disorder. They are all from the post-Kate Spade era of the company, but obviously had she not put down the foundation, those items wouldn't exist.
"Even though I've never met her, she touched my life", said Kate Spade fan Karen Geraghty. Then she added, "I'm off to bed for a good cry". Spade was 55 years old.
"It finally took its toll on her", she wrote in an e-mail to CBS News. Spade appears to have chosen to end her life in a similar manner as Williams.
In 1999, she and her husband, Andy Spade, sold 56% of the brand to Neiman Marcus for $33.6 million.
Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand a year ago for $2.4 billion.
"Everyone remembers their first Kate Spade", CNN White House reporter and former fashion editor Kate Bennett said. Her brother-in-law, actor David Spade, tweeted a picture of her at a book signing and he said 'I love this pic of her.
'My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college, ' Chelsea Clinton wrote on Twitter.
She said: "What I mean is we need to respect one another as much as you do the other people in the office because I can find myself if he's on the phone, opening his door and going, 'Hey, hey, I've got to tell you something".
"She was so sharp and quick on her feet", Spade added in his tribute.
"I still cant believe it", he continued. Sometimes everything a person may do to try and help may still not be enough. Her husband Andy was home at the time.
"I think they [her friends] want people to know she really did pave the way for a lot of what's happening in fashion today", Zee said. "She deserves this recognition as she's put her heart and soul into the role".