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Kate Spade's Dad Dies the Night Before Her Funeral

Two weeks after Kate Spade passed away by suicide, her dad, Earl F. Brosnahan Jr., has died.

Brosnahan was 89 years old, and his family confirmed to E! News in a statement that he died on Wednesday, the night before his daughter’s funeral.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr. (Frank), passed away last night at age 89,” the statement read. “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.”

Spade’s own funeral is expected to happen at a hometown church in Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday. E! confirmed that the funeral is ongoing, despite Brosnahan’s death. 

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A day ago, the Kate Spade New York brand announced that it will support suicide prevention and mental health groups with donations totaling more than $1 million. 

If you or anyone you know needs help, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org.


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