Ricki Lake's ex-husband Christian Evans has died at 45, after a long mental health struggle, RadarOnline.com has learned.
The TV star broke the news in a heart-wrenching Instagram post on Valentine's Day.
"It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed," Lake wrote. "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. I am a greater person for having known him and spent the past 6 and a half years of my life with him." (They were married from 2012 to 2015.)
"He was a man of love and what mends my broken heart today is knowing that he is finally at peace and his spirit is free," she continued. "Rest in peace, my love."
Evans and Lake's relationship was one marred by turmoil. After their nasty split, Evans told The National ENQUIRER in December that he was desperate for Lake to take him back. He claimed he'd suffered a bizarre breakdown and spent time in a mental hospital, but was on the mend.
"I do love her!" he said at the time. "I don't care if she is heavy or small, and I think she has one of the biggest hearts. I wouldn't be alive without her."
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