Charo opens up about how husband ‘ended his suffering,’ but says that suicide is not the answer

Jaimie-lee Prince
Feb 20, 2019
03:41 P.M.

After her heart-wrenching loss, singer Charo just opened up about her husband's death and is encouraging others to be mindful.


The Spanish singer took to Instagram to share a lengthy piece revealing the events that led up to her husband, Kjell Rasten's suicide. He took his life with a gun on Monday, February 18.

Rasten was 79 when he died, leaving behind his wife of 40 years and their one son, Shel. The Beverly Hills Police department confirmed the act was done at Charo's home before 12: 31 p.m. Rasten passed just after 1 p.m. at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.


Written on Tuesday, Charo's speech began:

"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."

She continued:

"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 then went into her late husband's health decline that started some years back when "he developed a rare and horrible skin disease called Bullous Pemphigoid."

She stated:

"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."

The autoimmune disorder is one that leads to chronic skin blisters and reportedly requires steroids among other treatments to alleviate it.

Charo said that no one saw it coming from this "wonderful, kind and generous man." She implored others:

"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 thanked her fans for their love and support and returned love to them as well. In the comment section, more prayers and well wishes came pouring in for the actress.

Charo has been in entertainment since the 1960s when she appeared in several variety shows. Her real name is María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza.

The family-oriented star actually first got married for business reasons back in 1966 to Xavier Cugat. As a dancer as well, she recently joined "Dancing with the Stars" 24th season.

Her husband Rasten was a TV producer during the '70s and the '80s. He later drummed for Treazen, a heavy metal band. We extend our deepest sympathies to Charo and pray she is able to get through such a difficult time.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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