Kate Spade's father dies hours before daughter was laid to rest
Designer Kate Spades father passed away hours before her funeral (Picture: Getty Images)

Kate Spades father died at his home on Wednesday evening, the day before his daughter was laid to rest.

In a statement, Spades family confirmed that Earl F. Brosnahan died in the hours before Spades funeral, and in a statement revealed that his health had been deteriorating and that he had been left heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter.

He was surrounded by family when he passed.

Born and raised in Missouri, he was a US Navy veteran and later took over the family business in the 1960s; he married his wife Theresa in 1953 and they welcomed six children.

Kate Spade's father dies hours before daughter was laid to rest
Kate was the fifth of her fathers six child (Picture: FilmMagic)

Fashion designer Kate died by suicide on 5 June; she was found in her Park Avenue apartment by her housekeeper.

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Her funeral took place on 21 June in Kansas, and her family have kindly requested people make donations to ASPCA or to Wayside Waifs instead of sending flowers.

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An obituary on Dignity Memorial showered the fashion designer with love, and commended the mother-of-one for her devotion to her family. It read: Loyal almost to a fault, Katy could be counted on to support her friends and family in times of trouble without question or judgement.

Her sense of humour was one of her most enduring and charming qualities. Her quick and infectious laugh still resonates in the minds of all who knew her.

Katy will always be remembered lovingly for her conscientiousness and empathy. She loved animals. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister.

Before concluding: Katy was kind beyond words to describe. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her and by the millions she inspired.

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