Charo Breaks Her Silence After Husband's Suicide

Singer and actress admits Kjell Rasten suffered from a "rare and horrible" skin disease

By Mike Vulpo Feb 19, 2019 8:24 PMTags
Charo, KjellAdam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images

Charo is mourning the death of her husband Kjell Rasten.

In a statement shared with E! News Tuesday morning, the singer and actress remembered her husband of nearly four decades with a special tribute.

"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," Charo shared in her message to fans. "He dedicated his life to loving and supporting his family."

According to Charo, Kjell developed a "rare and horrible skin disease" called Bullous Pemphigoid. He also became very depressed.

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"That, along with the many medications he needed to take, became too much for him, and he ended his suffering," Charo shared. "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."

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office confirmed to E! News that Kjell passed away from suicide on Monday.

Charo and Kjell were married in 1978 and are proud parents to a son named Shel Rasten.

While Kjell had a much more private life compared to his wife, he did appear in Celebrity Wife Swap alongside his longtime love. He also supported Charo throughout her career that included roles on Dancing With the Stars, The Love Boat and more. 

"Thank you all so much for you love and concern," Charo concluded her statement. "Thank you."            

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charo and her family during this time.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit for additional resources.