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May 20, 2019

Kate Spade’s ‘heartbroken’ father dies at 89, two weeks after designer’s death

June 21, 2018
Late designer Kate Spade’s father Earl Brosnahan Jr. died Wednesday at 89. (David Howells / Corbis via Getty Images)

Earl F. Brosnahan Jr., father of the late designer Kate Spade, reportedly died at his home Wednesday night, just weeks after the death of his daughter. He was 89.

Brosnahan’s family confirmed his death in a statement to “Good Morning America,” and attributed his passing to failing health, adding that he was “heartbroken” over the death of his “beloved” daughter.

News of his own death was announced at the same time Spade was laid to rest in her native Kansas City, Mo.

Kate Spade died of suicide June 5 in her Upper East Side apartment.
Kate Spade died of suicide June 5 in her Upper East Side apartment. (Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Brosnahan, who went by Frank and was also of Kansas City, served a stint in the U.S. Navy before taking over his family’s construction business. He and first wife June married in 1953 and had six children, including Kate.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy, whom he wed in 1992, three brothers, one sister, five children and eight grandchildren.

Spade, 55, died June 5 of suicide in her Upper East Side apartment. She left behind husband Andy, and their 13-year-old daughter Frances.

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Shortly after Spade’s death, Brosnahan told reporters he felt an obligation to speak out on the struggles that took his daughter’s life.

“One thing we feel is that any talk that they do that helps somebody else, Katy would have liked that,” he told the Kansas City Star. “She was always giving and charitable. If that helped anybody avoid anything — fine, she’d be delighted… The last I talked with her, the night before (she died), she was happy planning a trip to California to look at colleges. She doted on her daughter.”

The famed designer’s namesake brand announced Wednesday it will donate $1 million to support suicide prevention and mental-health awareness causes.

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