OBIT | Fashion icon Kate Spade found hanging in New York apartment

Some shocking news regarding a woman whose name can be found on millions of purses, clothing items, shoes and even sheets.

Law enforcement officials say fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in New York.

The cause of death is an apparent suicide after being found hanging by housekeeping staff just after 10 o'clock this morning.

A note was left at the scene.

Spade was 55 years old, and sold the company 'Kate Spade' in 2006 but she formed a new company two years ago called 'Frances Valentine' which also sells shoes and handbags.

She is the sister-in-law of David Spade, an actor and comedian.