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Kate Spade’s father dies on the eve of her funeral

Kate Spade’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr, has passed away just hours before the funeral of his daughter.

At age 89, Brosnahan had been in “failing health” and was reportedly “heartbroken” over the death of his designer daughter.

The family released a statement to “Good Morning America”, saying: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr. passed away late last night at age 89 … He was at home and surrounded by family at the time of his passing.

On June 5, Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment, leaving behind family, including her husband and teenage daughter.

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Spade’s funeral went ahead on Thursday and was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church, Kansas City, Missouri, where Brosnahan was born and raised.

The family has asked for donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Kansas City animal shelter, instead of flowers.