In light of his sister-in-law’s suicide, the comedian has donated $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The tragic suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade has led her brother-in-law, comedian David Spade, to donate $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in hopes that it will help others who may be dealing with similar problems Kate did.
“More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realize but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support,” Spade said in a statement to People. “If you or anyone you know is in need of help or guidance please contact the national suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or go to nami.org to learn more and help those who may be in need.”
Kate was found unresponsive by a housekeeper in her Manhattan apartment on June 5. Her death was officially declared a suicide by the New York City medical examiner’s office.
According to her husband, Andy Spade, Kate had been undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety. Additionally, he revealed that the couple had separated and had been living apart since 10 months prior. Their 13-year-old daughter had been splitting her time between both parents.
“Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy,” said Andy in a statement. “There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”
David Spade also felt the fallout, mentioning his feelings at the start of his stand-up comedy set at the Brea Improv Comedy Club the same week Kate died.
“Thank you for coming. It was a rough week, but I didn’t want to cancel and I appreciate you all coming out here… And if my jokes don’t work then I get sort of a free pass,” he joked with the crowd. “Thank you for coming out, I appreciate it.”
He also posted tributes to Kate with photographs on social media.
“Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard,” he wrote about one photo. “I still can’t believe it. It’s a rough world out there people, try to hang on.”