New York-based fashion designer Kate Spade has died age 56 by suicide.
She was found dead at her apartment in New York and police said that her husband, Andy Spade, was at the scene but it has not been made clear where her daughter was at the time.
But who was Kate and who were her family members?
Kate was married to Andy Spade from 1994 until her untimely death.
Reports today have claimed that while Andy was at the scene when police found Kates body, he had apparently moved out of their family home
Andy and Kate Spade moved into their $2.675million Park Avenue apartment in 1999, as well as owning a vineyard in Napa Valley, California.
Its understood that Andy was house hunting in the months that lead up to Kates death, according to People.
A source told the US publication: Kate and Andy were having relationship problems.
Another source told US Weekly that they disagreed on the direction of their second handbag brand, Frances Valentine – named after their daughter and Kates maiden name.
They had one daughter together, Frances Beatrix Spade, who is aged just 13.
Kates brother in law was actor and comedian David Spade, who has been in TV series including Love, Inside Amy Schumer, Rules Of Engagement and 8 Simple Rules.
David has paid tribute to his fucking funny sister-in-law Kate Spade, the handbag designer who was found dead in her apartment on Tuesday.
Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I dont think everyone knew how fucking funny she was… Its a rough world out there people. Try to hang on, he shared on Twitter, along with a picture of Kate at a book signing he was involved with.
Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I dont think everyone knew how fucking funny she was… Its a rough world out there people. Try to hang on pic.twitter.com/2kRPvGvj8w
— David Spade (@DavidSpade) June 6, 2018
In an Instagram picture, he also shared a memory of them together at a Christmas gathering, and added: Fuzzy picture but i love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet.
She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it. Its a rough world out there people, try to hang on, he added.
Later on Tuesday, after the news of Kates death broke, he was pictured sharing a warm hug with an unknown friend.
Wearing a hat and sunglasses he kept a low profile; the pair were very close after Kate married Andy in 1994.
She was also aunt to 27-year-old actress Rachel Brosnahan, who has starred in films including Beautiful Creature, House Of Cards, Manhattan and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
Kate was known for her luxury handbags and other fashion accessories through her company Kate Spade Handbags, which she launched with her husband.
Her brand became popular for its bright designs and use of colour, along with the spade symbol that is used as the company logo.
Kate Spade was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 24 1962.
She graduated with a degree in journalism from Arizona State University and then started working for womens magazine Mademoiselle.
It was there that she met her husband Andy Spade, who she married in 1994.
She eventually became senior fashion editor before leaving the magazine in 1991 and launching her own design company.
Alongside her husband she started kate spade handbags, which led to the production of stylish handbags.
She later started producing other fashion items such as clothes and jewellery and then moved into producing a home collection with kate spade at home.
Kate then sold the company in 2007 and went on to co-found Frances Valentine, which produces handbags and footwear.
Her family released a statement on Tuesday, which read: We are all devastated by todays tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly.
We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.