AceShowbiz - David Spade returned to the stage for the first time since his sister-in-law Kate Spade's apparent suicide.
The 53-year-old actor and comedian performed his first stand-up comedy set at the Brea Improv Comedy Club in Brea, California, on Friday, June 08, three days after Kate's shocking death.
"Thank you for coming. It was a rough week, but I didn't want to cancel and I appreciate you all coming out here," he told the crowd, according to E! Online. "And if my jokes don't work then I get sort of a free pass. Thank you for coming out, I appreciate it".
An eyewitness told Entertainment Tonight that the Grown Up's star wasn't as lively during his set, and appeared sad at times throughout.
"He also said he wasn't going to cancel the show," they said. “He said that would suck since we took the time to buy tickets and come to see him".
The 55-year-old co-founder of her namesake brand, Kate Spade New York, had reportedly been suffering from manic depression in recent years. She was found dead at the New York City apartment she shared with husband Andy, and their 13-year-old daughter Frances, on Tuesday, June 05.
David paid tribute to the designer in an emotional post on Instagram, hours after news of her death was made public.
"Fuzzy picture but i love it," he wrote alongside a blurry snap of him and Kate laughing. "Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard".
"I still cant believe it (sic)," he continued. "Its (sic) a rough world out there people, try to hang on".
He later shared a second tribute on Twitter, and posted a photo of the designer wearing a green headband and grinning at David at a book signing.
"Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I don't think everyone knew how f**king funny she was..." he wrote.
In a statement to the New York Times, Kate's husband and business partner Andy revealed his wife suffered from depression and anxiety and was actively seeking help.
"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this," he said. "It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn't her. There were personal demons she was battling".