Here's How Celebs Are Reacting To The News Of Kate Spade's Death

"My heart breaks for her family," Lena Dunham wrote on Twitter. "Thank you, Kate, from one of the millions you made feel beautiful."

Designer Kate Spade was found dead in her Manhattan apartment Tuesday, after reportedly killing herself. She was 55.

Born Katherine Brosnahan, Spade was the force behind the eponymous fashion and handbag brand that she founded in 1993.

Her death stunned many people in Hollywood and beyond, who've been paying their respects on social media.

"My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college," said Chelsea Clinton, who sent her well-wishes to the designer's family. "I still have it."

My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.

Ivanka Trump — senior adviser to her father, President Donald Trump — weighed in too, saying Spade's passing "is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry."

Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help.

"She was a staple of NYC who spread good will," said writer and actor Lena Dunham. "My heart breaks for her family."

Kate Spade was more than a designer. She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike. She was also a staple of NYC who spread good will. My heart breaks for her family. Thank you, Kate, from one of the millions you made feel beautiful.

Actor Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars said, "I hope she has found peace."

Very saddened to hear about the passing of Kate Spade. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone with any circumstances. I hope she has found peace ❤️

The impact of the designer's death was felt in many industries, including the literary world. "RIP Kate Spade," wrote author Roxane Gay. "God damn."

Football player Chad Johnson also paid his condolences.

Bryanboy, a fashion blogger and former America's Next Top Model judge, posted about the tragic news.

As did Broadway performer Jessica Vosk, who said she was "shocked" to hear of Spade's death.

Shocked to hear of Kate Spade’s passing. She was a pioneer for women’s fashion, and to the outside world, a success in every way. But mental illness does not discriminate. No matter who you are. If you ever feel alone, know there is ALWAYS help. Love you.

RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage tweeted after the news broke and provided helpful resources for people who may be going through a tough time.

in the past 2 weeks i have had 2 people in my immediate circle take their own life and we just heard about Kate Spade. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU. PLEASE REACH OUT FOR HELP. YOU ARE LOVED.

As did singer Josh Groban, sharing the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Kat Dennings, who starred in 2 Broke Girls and appeared in one of Spade's campaigns years ago, said, "I was so excited to be a part of her brand. Devastated for her family."

I was so excited to be a part of her brand. Devastated for her family. RIP Kate Spade

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at


Kate Spade's name before she was married was Katherine Brosnahan. An earlier version of this post misstated her current legal name.

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