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Kate Spade found dead

Kate Spade

According to New York police, fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, has been found dead in her New York apartment, reports the Associated Press.

Spade, 55, was best known for a line of sleek handbags which became cult items in the 1990s. Spade sold her brand to Liz Claiborne in 2007 and left the brand shortly after. The brand is now owned by Tapestry Inc..