Kate Spade's Father Dies on Eve of Her Funeral

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Of Earl Brosnahan Jr.'s passing, the family stated he was "heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter."

The family of fashion designer Kate Spade says her father died on the eve of her funeral.

The family on Thursday released a statement saying Earl Brosnahan, Jr. died Wednesday night at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. The family says he was 89 and had been in failing health.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr. (Frank), passed away last night at age 89," the statement said. "He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter. He was at home and surrounded by family at the time of his passing."

The statement was released as a funeral began for Spade on Thursday afternoon at a church in Kansas City, her hometown. The fashion designer was found dead by suicide in her New York City home on June 5. She was 55 and had a 13-year-old daughter. Her husband, Andy Spade, says she suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.