Kate Spade battled “depression and anxiety” for most of her life according to her sister, but husband Andy Spade strongly denied that a divorce was the trigger for her suicide. Her death raises red flags about the need for better treatment of mental illness. The fashion designer was found dead in her New York City apartment earlier this week. She was 55.
Haley Williams gave up her career as lead vocalist and primary songwriter for indie rock band Paramore in 2015 because of debilitating depression, which affects 16 million U.S. adults. “For the first time in my life, there wasn’t a pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel,” she says in a new interview. Williams, 28, says she finally sought the help of a therapist to deal with her personal turmoil after she started having dark thoughts about death.
Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of celebrated writer Ernest Hemingway, beat an illness that has claimed seven of her family members–depression and suicide. She has a new movie that deals with the issue, “Archie’s Final Project.” Her grandfather’s suicide is part of literary history. “Papa” Hemingway, as the writer was known, killed himself in 1961 after years of declining health and money problems.