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Kate Spade's Husband Andy Pays Tribute To The Designer A Year After Her Death

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Jun. 7 2019, Updated 7:33 p.m. ET

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On Thursday, June 6, Kate Spade's husband Andy Spade took to social media to post a loving tribute to his late wife who ended her life on June 5, 2018.

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About a year ago, Kate, 55, was found dead by her housekeeper in her luxury New York City apartment. The designer, who had allegedly suffered from anxiety and depression for many years, had committed suicide by hanging herself.

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Kate left behind her husband, Andy, 56, who she married in 1994, and her daughter, Frances Beatrix "Bea" Spade, now 14.

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"Dear Katy, this tree is for you. Bea and are planting it outside of our big window to keep your magical spirit and energy close to us every day," Andy said in his tribute alongside a photo of a small Christmas tree — most likely referencing Kate's birthday on December 24.

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"It will bless our new home in California and radiate your essence 365 days a year. You were illumines and we feel your presence wherever we go," he added.

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"I want to thank you for all of the wonderful gifts you gave me over the years," the father-of-one wrote. "For your beauty, intelligence and grace under pressure. For your boundless generosity, unflappable honesty and kindness to all living things."

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"For your strength, courage and conviction to your ideals. For your belief in me and so many others. For your infectious laughter and sharp wit. There was never a dull moment with you," he continued.

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"We grew up together, helped raise one another yet vowed to retain our innocence as best we could. You taught me that modesty is always the best policy, to see the good in everyone and to stand up for the crazy and less fortunate," he added.

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"You hated hype and loved the humble. You called me out on my bulls**t yet were nonjudgmental. You talked straight and let me know when I was was being cynical or sarcastic," Andy continued. "You were my best friend, my confidant, my partner in life, business and mischief. The ying to my yang and the zig to my zag."

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"You were and still are my Superwoman. I hope you know how many people you inspired through the example you set in the way you lived and the work you created," he said. "You were and still are my favorite poem."

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"I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all you have given me and so many others. May your bright, multicolored spirit shine down on us everyday. Heaven is lucky to have you but please know you are truly missed by us still here on earth. Love, Andy," he concluded.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  

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