Stars react to fashion designer Kate Spade's death at age 55

Kate Spade's untimely passing at age 55 shocked the world on Tuesday (June 5) after law enforcement officials confirmed that she was found in her New York City apartment following an 'apparent suicide.' The fashion designer was known for her fanciful creations, from animal-inspired handbags to pastel-hued separates and polka-dotted homewares, and counted a host of celebrities like Blake Lively, the Duchess of Cambridge and Sarah Jessica Parker among her fans. Having turned an early '90s purse collection into hundreds of stores around the world, Kate was married to business partner Andy Spade, with whom she shared 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix Spade. Industry icons like Jeanne Beker and Kenneth Cole took to Twitter with tributes to the designer.

"She was such an intelligent, warm and wonderful force in fashion!" said Canadian fashion veteran Jeanne Beker. "Tragic that life had grown so dark for her."

Chelsea Clinton recounted her introduction to the designer, saying, "My grandmotehr gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it."

"She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike," tweeted Lena Dunham. "My heart breaks for her family. Thank you, Kate, from one of the millions you made feel beautiful."

See the outpouring of shock and sadness shared by the Missouri native's famous fans below. We will continue updating as more tributes are shared...

If you or someone you know are thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566, text 45645 or chat with someone here.

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