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Kate Spade's Father Dies On Eve Of Her Funeral

Kate Spade's grieving widow Andy Spade, his brother David and hundreds more gathered for the fashion designer's funeral - just hours after the death of her heartbroken father.

The mourners arrived for the funeral service on Thursday afternoon at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church in Kansas City with many carrying her iconic handbags.

The 55-year-old's husband Andy and her actor brother-in-law David were spotted outside the church dressed in dark suits. During the service, Andy professed his 'deep love' for the designer, who was found hanged in her New York City apartment on June 5.

Her actress niece Rachel Brosnahan arrived with other family members wearing bright outfits as a tribute to Kate's love of color.

As the service began on Thursday, Kate's family released a statement saying her 89-year-old father Earl F. Brosnahan Jr. had died on the eve of his daughter's funeral.

During the service, the congregation sang The First Noel and a rendition of Imagine, Kate's favorite song, was also played. The First Noel song was a tribute to Kate's middle name given she was born on Christmas Eve.

'All of her life, Katy was thrilled to be a Christmas Eve baby, thus her middle name. We welcome her home with a song that celebrates those two facets of her legacy,' the order of service read.

The cover of the funeral program included a picture of Kate with her daughter Frances Beatrice. The photo was taken when Beatrice, now aged 13, was a toddler.

Her husband of 24 years gave the eulogy and other members of her family, including her only brother Earl, also spoke.

'Her husband just shared a little about how they met, their love story and how she was a great person'' The priest who gave the mass was Father Donald P. Farnan.

'He expressed his deep love for her.' 

Mourners at Kate's funeral paused for a moment's silence and offered prayers in honor of her father, Earl F. Brosnahan Jr who died on the eve of the funeral.

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