Hollywood Mourns Fashion Designer Kate Spade

Lucy Hale, Josh Groban and Chelsea Clinton are just a few of the high-profile public figures that paid tribute on Twitter.

Hollywood stars and public figures took to social media on Tuesday to pay tribute to fashion designer Kate Spade, who was found dead Tuesday in her New York City apartment in an apparent suicide. She was 55.

In the 1990s, the designer created a line of handbags that turned Spade into a household name. Her company, Kate Spade New York, has over 140 retail shops and outlets around the U.S., as well as 175 international locations.

In a now-deleted tweet, fellow designer Kenneth Cole praised Spade’s impact in the fashion industry. “She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Rosie O’Donnell tweeted support to Spade’s brother-in-law, David Spade, with the tweet “all my love to u dave.” Spade's niece, Rachel Brosnahan, shared a video of her aunt, dancing and smiling with her husband, on Wednesday morning.

In an Instagram post, Brosnahan wrote, "Knowing Katy, this is how she would want to be remembered. She had a light that words can’t capture but touched everyone she came into contact with. She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was effervescent. Hug your loved ones extra tight today."

Spade's accessories brand Frances Valentine, which launched 10 years after she stepped away from her namesake handbag company, also paid tribute to the late designer one day after her death on Instagram. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and founder, Kate Valentine Spade, who will remain in our hearts forever,” the brand wrote, sharing a black-and-white photograph of Spade.

Many celebrities also took a moment to shine a light on mental illness while sharing their condolences. Lucy Hale tweeted, “Very saddened to hear about the passing of Kate Spade. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone with any circumstances.” Josh Groban tweeted, “Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning,” along with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number.

Actress Lili Reinhart wrote on her Instagram story: "I'm so sad to hear about Kate Spade. We wore a lot of her designs on Riverdale and her artistic vision will be greatly missed."

Read on to see what others are saying about Spade.

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