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.
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.