A little over a year following his sister-in-law Kate Spade's death by suicide, actor David Spade is opening up about her death. She was found unconscious and unresponsive on June 5, 2018 at her apartment in NYC. Her death was ruled suicide by hanging.
David told The New York Times: "Katy was so funny. I don't know if agoraphobic is a word, but she didn't like to mingle a lot; she'd have people at her house and she was always so funny."
Kate's husband Andy Spade later revealed that she "had suffered from anxiety and depression" and was "actively seeking help."
"I feel like Katy wouldn't have done it, five minutes later," David said. "But these things happen and there's no going back."
The Times also revealed that his stepfather took his life when David was 15, and he said he also had "close friends" die when he was a teenager.
"People just started going right and left, and I would sit and stare at a wall," David recalled, later adding: "I just said, 'OK, I guess I'll cross my fingers that it doesn't happen to everyone.' And more people would go."
David, who also celebrated his 55th birthday Monday, reflected on some of shockingly harsh blowback he received from fans following his good friend Chris Farley's fatal drug overdose in 1997. One person wrote: "I wish you died instead of Chris Farley."
"The first couple times it was rough," he told The New York Times, "but now it's the standard burn. I wish I didn't get that three times a week."
Still, he says he is determined to go on.
"But do you just stop doing what you're doing because of a tragedy?" he asked. "You have to go, 'Well, I still like doing this.' Some people won't be interested. But I did three sitcoms after that. It wasn't totally horrible."
Spade can next be seen in his new late night series, Lights Out With David Spade.