Actor David Spade has spoken out about the death of his sister-in-law Kate Spade, saying on social media that he 'still can't believe it'.
In a heartfelt tweet that featured a photo of Kate at his book signing, he wrote: "Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I don't think everyone knew how fucking funny she was...
"It's a rough world out there people. Try to hang on."
The actor - who is known for his work on Saturday Night Live and films including Grown Ups and The Emperor's New Groove - also shared another photo on Instagram from one Christmas, writing: "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."
Again, he urged: "It's a rough world out there people, try to hang on."
Credit: David Spade/Instagram
55-year-old Spade was found dead inside her apartment on Tuesday, with the New York Police Department's Chief of Detectives, Dermot Shea, explaining that a note had been found at the scene and that evidence at her home pointed towards 'a tragic suicide'.
Spade's family has said in a statement that they were 'devastated' by her death and that they would 'miss her terribly'.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America has also paid tribute to the late designer, referring to her a 'a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion'.
Kate and her husband Andrew first launched their line of designer handbags back in 1993, eventually also branching out into clothes.
They sold the majority of the company back in 1999 for a reported $34 million, and then sold on the rest for another $59 million in 2006.
The firm was bought out last year by fellow New York designer Coach for a $2.4bn (£1.8bn).
In a statement, the company Kate Spade, said: "Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand.
"Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time."
Spade is survived by husband Andy and their 13-year-old daughter Frances.
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