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Charo Breaks Silence on Husband Kjell Rasten's Suicide: 'He Ended His Suffering'

Charo confirmed that her husband, Kjell Rasten, died by suicide at the age of 79 on Monday (February 18).

“Yesterday, Kjell, my husband of forty 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,” Charo wrote on her Instagram account.

“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 continued.

The Mayo Clinic describes Bullous Pemphigoid as a “rare skin condition that causes large, fluid-filled blisters.”

“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,” she added, before thanking her fans for their love and prayers.

Our thoughts are with Charo, their son Shel, and Kjell‘s loved ones during this time.

Charo's Husband Kjell Rasten Dead at 79 in Apparent Suicide

Kjell Rasten, Charo‘s husband of more than 40 years, has died in an apparent suicide.

The 79-year-old died on Monday afternoon (February 18) from what has been reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the family home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Charo was home at the time and someone in the house called 911, according to TMZ. Rasten was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Kjell and Charo, famous for her role on Love Boat and for being a 70s icon, got married in 1978 and they shared one son, Shel Rasten. You can see recent photos of them together in the gallery.

We’re sending our thoughts and condolences to Charo and her loved ones during this difficult time.

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