Charo's Husband Kjell Rasten Dies by Suicide: Reports

Charo's Husband Kjell Rasten Dies by Suicide: Reports

February 19, 2019

Charo‘s husband of over 40 years has died by suicide, according to multiple reports.

According to TMZ, Kjell Rasten was found dead Monday afternoon at the Beverly Hills home he shared with the star, who is originally from Spain and rose to fame in the United States as an actress/singer/guitarist in the 1970s.

Citing law enforcement sources, TMZ reports that after police and paramedics responded to the scene, Rasten was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He was 79.

According to the Blast, Charo, 68, was home at the time and rode with Rasten in the ambulance.

A rep for Charo did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment but had no comment when reached by Entertainment Tonight, asking for respect for the family’s privacy at this time.

The Beverly Hills Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.


Charo, whose real name is María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, married Rasten, a producer, in 1978. (She was previously married to musician Xavier Cugat from 1966 to 1978.)

Rasten went on to become her manager, and the couple welcomed a son, Shel Rasten, in 1981.

Shel, now 37, was reported to have been the drummer for a heavy metal band called Treazen, though it’s unclear if the band is still together.

Charo and Rasten, along with Shel, appeared on a 2015 episode of ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. They swapped with Charo’s Love Boat costar Jill Whelan.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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