Kate Spade's father dies night before his daughter's funeral

The father of fashion designer Kate Spade has died almost three weeks after the suicide of his daughter, the family said on Thursday.

Earl F. Brosnahan Jr, 89, had been in failing health and he was also “heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter”, the Brosnahan family said in a statement.

Mr Brosnahan, known to his family and friends as Frank, died on Wednesday night at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. His family did not specify the cause of death.

Earl F. Brosnahan Jr, 89, has died just over two weeks after the suicide of his daughter. Source: Instagram/ Rachel Brosnahan

His death occurred the night before Spade’s funeral, which is taking place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redempterist Church in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday afternoon (local time).

Spade, who was one of his six children, was found in her New York City apartment on June 5. She was 55 years old.

Kate Spade’s suicide happened two weeks before her father’s death. Source: AAP
Mourners gathered at Kate Spade’s funeral on Thursday (local time). Source: The Kansas City Star

Spade’s husband Andy, with whom she built an accessories empire on the popularity of her colourful handbags, said after her death his wife had suffered from depression and anxiety for more than 15 years.

But there had been no indication she would take her own life.

Mr Brosnahan worked in his family’s construction business.

He is survived by wife Sandy, five children and eight grandchildren.