Is David Spade Related to Kate Spade? How the Actor and Designer Are Connected

Updated | After fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide on Tuesday. It led some people to wonder if there was a connection between the design and the actor, David Spade. The two are related. Kate Spade was married to Andy Spade, David Spade’s brother. The two had been married since 1994.

David Spade took to Twitter to issue a statement about his sister-in-law's death. "Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I don't think everyone knew how fucking funny she was," he wrote Tuesday. "It's a rough world out there people. Try to hang on." 

He’s previously spoken about Kate Spade and his brother during interviews like a 2015 sit down with Esquire magazine. David Spade was asked about his father, who he calls Scrammy, while promoting his memoir Almost Interesting.

"He's in a nursing home now, and I said, 'I don't know if that's a great idea to meet my daughter.' It makes me feel bad in one respect, but there has to be some penalty. He's had a great life. I bought him a condo, I got him a car, he gets Kate Spade stuff from Andy, he used to get whatever he wanted. He's been covered. He's had girlfriends, he's been proposed to, and he's got a great life," Spade said. "But at some point, I had to say that there has to be a negative to it all, and this is probably it." 

Kate Spade & Company also issued a statement on their founder's death via Twitter. "Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed away," the message read. "Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world." 

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. Their line is available 24 hours, every day.

This story has been updated to include a statement from David Spade and Kate Spade & Company. 

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