Kate Spade’s father, Earl Brosnahan, died on Wednesday, just one day before the iconic designer’s funeral in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday.
The Brosnahan family sent out a statement on Thursday, along with said Brosnahan was “heartbroken” over Spade’s death. Spade was found dead inside her Manhattan apartment on June 5. Her death was ruled a suicide.
She was 55 years old.
“We are deeply saddened to announce in which Katy’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr.(Frank), passed away last night at age 89. He has been in failing health of late along with was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter,” the statement reads, which was tweeted by not bad Morning America reporter Tony Morrison. “He was at home along with surrounded by family at the time of his passing.”
The statement also included bits of Brosnahan’s personal life. He will be survived by his wife, Sandy, three brothers along having a sister, all 5 children along with eight grandchildren.
“Frank was born in Kansas City, MO along with was a lifelong resident,” This particular reads. “He served inside the U.S. Navy before graduating coming from the University of Miami in 1949, after which he returned to Kansas City to work inside the family construction business. He was president of the Midwest Heavy Construction Association the mid 19060’s, after taking over the a family business coming from his father Earl F. Brosnahan, Sr. along with his mother Helen Rose Brosnahan.”
An obituary notice published on Monday shared in which Spade will be laid to rest on Thursday in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, having a mass of Christian burial held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Catholic Church. Brosnahan previously said This particular was the same church where Spade’s grandparents wed.
Brosnahan spoke out about his daughter’s death to The Kansas City Star, shortly after the news broke.
“Well, I don’t know what happened,” he said. “She’d been taking some pills, which I advised her not to take. The last I’d talked with her, the night before last, she was happy, planning a trip to California to look at colleges. She doted on her daughter.”
Asked how the rest of the family will be doing during This particular time, Brosnahan said, “I think they’re all right. We’re a large family along with all close.”
“We’ll get through This particular,” he added. “however we certainly miss our bright, sunshiney little person.”