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Charo Breaks Silence About Husband Kjell Rasten's Death

ETOnline logo ETOnline 2/19/2019 Jennifer Drysdale‍
Charo posing for the camera © Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images

Rest in peace, Kjell Rasten. 

Charo's husband of more than 40 years died by suicide on Sunday, according to multiple reports. He was 79. Police and paramedics responded to the couple's Beverly Hills home at around 2 p.m., before transporting Rasten to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, TMZ reports. ET has reached out to the Beverly Hills Police Department.

On Tuesday, Charo released a statement to ET regarding the death of her husband. "Yesterday, Kjell, My husband of 40 years and the love of my life killed himself.  There are no words to describe what we are feeling now.  He was an amazing man, a great husband and the best father I could imagine to our son.  He dedicated his life to loving and supporting his family," reads the 68-year-old entertainer's statement. "In recent years, his health began to decline and he developed a rare and horrible skin disease called Bullous Pemphigoid.  He also became very depressed.  That, along with the many medications he needed to take, became too much for him, and he ended his suffering."

Charo added, "None of us had any idea this could happen to such a wonderful, kind and generous man.  Please, if anyone you know and love is suffering from depression or illness, hold them close, tell them you love them with all your heart and that the world is better because they are in it.  Get any help you can.  Suicide is not the answer."

Showing gratitude to her fans, she concluded, "Thank you all so much for you love and concern. Thank you."

Rasten worked as a TV producer in the '70s and '80s. He married Charo in 1978, and soon after, became her manager. The couple welcomed one child together, son Shel, in 1981. He is the drummer for the heavy metal band Treazen. 

Charo, whose real name María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, appeared with Rasten and their son on a 2015 episode of Celebrity Wife Swap with Charo's former Love Boat co-star, Jill Whelan. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



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