This Monday, February 18, the Spanish singer went from wife to widow. While she was home with him, her husband of 40 years, Kjell Rasten took his own life. He was 78 years old.
"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, 68, said in a statement.
The Los Angeles Medical Examiner told RadarOnline.com that Rasten was pronounced dead at a hospital near the Beverly Hills home he shared with Charo at 1:03 p.m. on Monday. The flamenco guitarist was allegedly the one who called 911 after learning what he'd done.
"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," continued Charo.
Charo and Rasten married in 1978 and welcomed son Shel in 1981. He is now and actor and singer, just like his mother.
"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," concluded Charo. "Thank you all so much for you love and concern. Thank you."
R.I.P. Kjell Rasten.
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