Kate Spade may have been experiencing marital problems, but her husband was “crying like a baby” in the hours after the fashion designer’s suicide death, her apartment doorman told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
The doorman, who has worked in Kate’s New York apartment on posh Park Avenue for 30 years and knew her family well, said Andy Spade left the building after a rough day looking “torn.”
“Her husband came down yesterday, and he was crying like a baby,” he said.
The doorman said he last saw Kate the day before her death, and claimed he’s “shocked” by the sudden loss.
“It doesn’t make sense,” he told Radar. “I never saw her angry, never saw her mad…She was always happy and cheerful.”
Though Kate was best known as one of fashion’s biggest names, another building staffer, Elfrain Almaydo, said he knew her best as a “beautiful mother” who was constantly by her 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix’s side.
She took the teen to school and camp, and the mother/daughter duo even played tennis together, he claimed.
“Everything she did was for her daughter,” Almaydo said. “When she started the new company Frances Valentine, it was for her daughter. She was a great mother, I saw with my own eyes being here for so many years.”
Unlike many wealthy fashionistas, Kate was “down-to-earth” and treated the swanky building’s staff like family.
Almaydo said she made him a smoothie just a few months ago.
Now, he and the other doormen and employees are devastated over the death.
“I cried like crazy, because that was the type of person she was,” he told Radar. “She was good people, she wasn’t fake but genuine and a nice person. I’m shocked by all this.”
As Radar previously reported, Kate was found dead in her apartment on the morning of June 5. Police determined she hung herself with a red scarf.
Her suicide note was addressed to her beloved daughter.
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