Kate Spade’s father dies the night before her funeral in Kansas City

File photo -- Kate Spade. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

As family and friends gather to remember Kate Spade her family suffered another loss.

Her father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr., passed away Wednesday night at the age of 89. Family members say he had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his daughter. He was at home and surrounded by family at the time of his passing.

Fashion designer Kate Spade was buried Thursday in Kansas City, where she was born. Services for Spade were held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. It's the same church where Spade's grandparents wed.

The Brosnahan family issued the following statement to KCTV5 News:“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.Frank was born in Kansas City, MO and was a lifelong resident. He served in the U.S. Navy before graduating from the University of Miami in 1949, after which he returned to Kansa City to work in in the family construction business. He was president of the Midwest Heavy Construction Association in the mid 1960’s, after taking over the family business from his father Earl F. Brosnahan, Sr. and his mother Helen Rose Brosnahan (née Mottin).Frank married June Therese Mullen in 1953 and had six children, Missy, Earl III, Ann, Reta, Katy (deceased), and Eve. He was an avid tennis player and a charter member of the Carriage Club in Kansas City for more than 50 years. Frank married Sandy Palmer in 1992 and she was bedside when he passed.Later in life Frank took up golf and was a great lover of his two Yorkshire Terriers. He was especially proud of his wife, children and grandchildren. Frank is survived by his wife Sandy, three bothers (sic) and a sister, five children, eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Katherine and Helen De Salme and his daughter Katherine Noel.”

Spade was found dead by suicide on June 5 in her New York City home. She was 55 and had a 13-year-old daughter.

Spade was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy Spade in 1993.

Andy Spade says she had depression and anxiety for many years. He said in a statement released earlier this month that his wife was seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication to treat her disease.

He said he and his wife had been living separately in the 10 months before her death but saw each other or spoke every day. He said they were not legally separated and never discussed divorce.

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand last year for $2.4 billion. Kate and Andy Spade recently had started a new handbag company, Frances Valentine.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or a Kansas City animal shelter.

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