Published: Thursday 07 June, 2018

Filipina Maid Who Found Kate Spade Dead from Hanging Still Traumatized

Filipina housekeeper Bella Cariaga is still traumatized after finding her employer and ‘best friend’ Kate Spade dead. The fashion designer committed suicide by hanging herself in her Park Avenue apartment on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

Bella Cariaga had been a housekeeper for Kate Spade for many years. In fat, she considers Spade her ‘best friend’, her son Mark Roldan, told Page Six. Spade would take her and even some members of her family on vacations and even acted as a mentor Roldan who is an aspiring designer.

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Cariaga, who comes from Caaringayan, Pangasinan in the Philippines according to her Facebook page, found Spade unconscious and unresponsive with a scarf around her neck. Mark Roldan said his mother then ran downstairs to call the building manager.

They removed the red scarf from Kate Spade’s neck and immediately called emergency service. The designer was declared dead at the scene.

“She is a little shaken, especially with trauma such as this. It just really hit our family and I’m pretty sure the Spade family as well. It was just really shocking to find out her best friend Kate Spade and also a big influence in my life just passed,” Mark Roldan said.

Bella Cariaga Kate Spade housekeeper

Bella Cariaga and her son, Mark Roldan. (Facebook)

Spade is survived by her husband, Andrew, and a daughter, 13. In her suicide note, the designer reportedly told her daughter that her suicide was not her fault.  ‘Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!’ reported The Daily Mail.

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There are many speculations as to why Kate Spade committed suicide. Her sister said she struggled with depression and mental illness while some reports suggested that she could not cope with her success.

Other reports said marital problems drove her to kill herself. On Wednesday, Andrew Spade admitted that he and Kate had been estranged for 10 months.