Actor and comedian David Spade has donated $100,000 to a mental health organization after the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade.
The 53-year-old has donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), nation’s largest grassroots mental health body.
He shared a close relationship with the late businesswoman Kate, 55, who hanged herself with a before her body was discovered by a horrified housekeeper.
David Spade and his sister-in-law enjoyed a close relationship. They are pictured together at an art gallery in Los Angeles
Kate Spade committed suicide at her Manhattan apartment while her husband was home
‘More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realize but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support,’ David said in a statement, People reported.
The designer left behind a heartbreaking suicide note to her daughter Frances Beatrix, 13, which read: ‘Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!’
David’s brother and Kate’s husband of 24 years, Andy, was at the family’s home at the time of the tragedy.
At the time of his sister-in-law’s death, David Spade, shared a photo on Twitter of Kate supporting him at a book signing.
The ‘Tommy Boy’ star wrote in the caption: ‘Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her.
‘So pretty. I don’t think everyone knew how f****** funny she was… It’s a rough world out there people. Try to hang on.’
Kate shot to fame in the mid-90s thanks to her eponymous line of handbags and was also the aunt of Rachel Brosnahan, the star of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
The Tommy Boy star paid and emotional tribute to his sister-in-law after her death
David Spade returned to the comedy stage Friday, just three days after the death of his sister-in-law (file picture)
Andy and Kate Spade bought the nine-room apartment in which she died in 1999 for $2.675 million, and also owned a vineyard in Napa Valley.
The couple launched their design line back in 1993, starting at first with just handbags before expanding to clothes and other accessories.
Three years in the couple was able to open their first store, and for the next decade continue to grow the company.
She had launched international and home lines by 2004, having by that point sold off most of her company.
Andy also launched a men’s line of bags, Jack Spade, in 1996, which is still sold at stores such as Barneys.
If you or anyone you know needs to talk, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
To contact the Samaritans, visit www.samaritans.org or call 116 123.