Kate Spade, who was the aunt of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan, died by suicide in her New York City apartment on June 5, 2018

By Glenn Garner
June 05, 2021 12:45 PM
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Rachel Brosnahan is keeping her aunt's legacy alive three years after her death.

The two-time Golden Globe winner, 30, took to Instagram on Saturday to honor late fashion designer Kate Spade, sharing a photo of her aunt socializing with friends in an eye-catching silver dress. "Missing Katy B today and every day," Brosnahan wrote in the caption.

Spade died by suicide at her New York City apartment on June 5, 2018. She was 55. Her death was mourned by many and met with tributes from family, friends, and fans of her eponymous fashion brand Kate Spade New York.

Brosnahan was among those to pay tribute to Spade's legacy, becoming the face of her accessories line Frances Valentine in January 2019. "In the wake of Katy's passing, my family and I were so overwhelmed and encouraged by the love and support we received from those who were touched by Katy's work, many of whom were strangers from around the world," she told PEOPLE at the time.

"When you lose someone you love, you search for boundless ways to keep their memory alive," Brosnahan explained. "This felt like a way to do that through her beautiful creations and an opportunity to share them with all of those who her work meant so much to."

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In 2019, Brosnahan told PEOPLE that the first year since Spade's death was not an easy one.

"I think my family and I, as you can expect, are still grieving very deeply," Brosnahan told PEOPLE while speaking from the red carpet at the 2019 Tony Awards. "We miss her very very much and it's been a tough year but it's been really wonderful to have the support of Kate Spade as a company and work with Frances Valentine to help keep her spirit and her work alive."

On the one-year anniversary of Spade's death, the designer's original fashion brand, Kate Spade New York, announced it had completed its $1 million pledge to support suicide prevention and mental health organizations.

"The Kate Spade New York Foundation announced it is donating $200,000 to The Jed Foundation (JED), which works to protect emotional health and prevent suicide in teens and young adults by partnering with schools and colleges to improve education and awareness programs," the brand said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

The company also honored the designer's legacy in 2020 by partnering with Crisis Text Line to provide doctors, nurses and other health care workers across the country with complimentary, 24/7 access to crisis counseling and emotional support as they worked the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "home" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.