Charo breaks silence over husband's suicide with heartbreaking statement

Chao and Kjell Rasten
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Charo, the entertainer who has spent decades putting smiles on so many faces, is grieving the death of her husband Kjell Rasten. On Monday, at 12:31 p.m., officers from the Beverly Hills Police Department were dispatched to the couple's home, where they found Charo's 79-year-old husband with life-threatening injuries.

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Measures were taken to save his life by both police and fire department personnel. Sadly, he died at 1 p.m. after being transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His death is reported to have been caused by a self-inflicted gunshot. A devastated Charo has released a statement confirming that her husband of 40 years committed suicide. Her message is candid and reveals the painful causes that led to Kjell's death. Read the statement below in its entirety.

Her heartbreaking statement comes with a plea.

Not only does Charo describe Kjell as "the love" of her life and go into details about his deteriorating health, depression, and the toll it all took on him, but she is considerate and thoughtful enough to think of others. She urges us all to help and get help for others who may be suffering from "depression or illness."


They got married back in the '70s.

During the '70s and '80s, Kjell worked as a TV producer. He and Charo tied the knot in 1978, and in 1981 they welcomed a baby boy whom they named Shel.


He wasn't just her husband, though.

Soon after they were married, Kjell became Charo's manager. Back in 2017, Kjell was asked by a reporter how he kept up with his wife, and he jokingly responded, "I don't even try."

The couple appeared together on TV in 2015.

During season four of ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, the couple and their son Shel Rasten appeared opposite Jill Whelan. It was considered a Love Boat reunion of sorts since Charo and Jill had appeared on that show together.


The outpouring of love she has received has not gone unnoticed.

The 68-year-old star has been reading the comments left for her on social media and wants everyone to know that she takes comfort and finds peace in them. If you'd like to send some love her way, you can visit her Instagram profile to leave her a message.

Note: If you or any of your loved ones are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can always reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7 by phone or online chat.

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