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Is Ricki To Blame? BFF Of Lake's Dead Ex Reveals Truth About His Death

//Ricki Lake Dead Ex Husand Christian Evans Best Friend

Feb. 17 2017, Updated 3:21 p.m. ET

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Ricki Lake's tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband Christian Evans ended with his death, and a source close to Evans told if his friends blame her for his passing.

"I don't judge, I call no names and I am very humble," Evans' close friend, Andrew Valdez, told exclusively. "I have met Ricki on three separate occasions and every time she was a love to me. This is how I know her."

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"We are all still in shock over the news of my friend, my brother's passing," he said. "We will all miss him dearly."

"Christian and I were very close. When he came to Arizona he rented a home across the street from me so he would be close to me and my family. I'm a jewelry designer and together we created some pretty outrageous statement pieces."

"He was an amazing human filled with love, and gave it freely. He was a good human, if the world was filled with people like him this world would be a better place."

As reported, Lake, 48, revealed in her heart-wrenching Instagram post that her late husband – who fathered a child from a previous marriage – had died after a struggle with bipolar disorder.

"The world didn't understand this man, but I did. He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder. For anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend to mental illness, my heart goes out to you," Lake wrote.

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In a letter written by Evans on Oct. 18, 2016, he wrote that he had just been released from a California psychiatric hospital, yet was still dealing with suicidal demons.

"I was less than 72 hours away from taking my life and overdosing on pharmaceutical medications," Evans wrote in the letter, uncovered by

If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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