Kate Spade’s suicide on June 5, 2018, shocked the world and left her family in deep grief. Now, some believe that the sudden shock of her death indirectly led to her 89-year-old father’s death. Earl F. Brosnahan passed away in his home on June 20, 2018, just two weeks after Kate Spade died from hanging. His family released a statement indicating he was already in failing health and his daughter’s suicide left him completely heartbroken.
The news has sparked a new discussion among social media users. As many people have been discussing the warning signs associated with suicide and depression, now people are discussing the impact suicide leaves on family members, friends, and loved ones.
One Twitter user described suicide as a selfish act and though the person in crisis may not be aware of the lasting impact their death will have, it can cause unbearable pain for those left behind.
Earl F. Brosnahan passed away the night before his daughter’s funeral.
Kate Spade's 'Heartbroken' Father Died at 89, Day BEFORE Her Funeral https://t.co/BobcdQ8XAs
— TMZ (@TMZ) June 24, 2018
Kate Spade’s family released a statement regarding her father’s death. You may read a portion of it below.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr., (Frank) passed away last night at age 89. He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter. He was at home and surrounded by family at the time of his passing.”
Earl “Frank” Brosnahan and his wife June had six children including Kate. He later married Sandy Palmer.
The news that Kate Spade’s family is now planning another funeral has left many with conflicted emotions. Discussions across social media run the gamut and many say that there needs to be greater awareness and efforts to prevent people from taking their own lives.
Some have compared the passings to that of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds.
There has been an outpouring of support for Kate Spade’s daughter Frances Beatrix Spade who has not only lost her mother but now her grandfather as well.
Actress Rachel Brosnahan (Beautiful Creatures, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is Kate’s niece. She shared her thoughts regarding her grandfather’s passing on her official Instagram account.
Kate Spade’s funeral was held in Kansas City, Missouri on June 21, 2018. Hundreds of mourners were in attendance to show their sympathy and respect.