Charo’s beloved husband Kjell has died (Picture: Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)Charo’s husband of over 40 years Kjell Rasten has died by suicide at the age of 79.
Kjell, who married the actress in 1978, took his own life on Monday afternoon at his home in Beverly Hills.
According to TMZ, Rasten shot himself while his wife Charo – real name María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza – was in the house.
Rasten was transported to a hospital after police and parademics arrived, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Kjell, a producer, married Charo in 1978 (Picture: Ron Galella/WireImage)Kjell – a TV producer in the 70s and 80s – and Charo tied the knot in a civil ceremony attended by 30 guests in South Lake Tahoe in 1978.
They went on to have one son together, Shel, born in 1981.
The couple appeared together on Celebrity Wife Swap in 2015, with Charo swapping Kjell for her Love Boat co-star Jill Whelan’s husband.
Charo, 68, was previously married to bandleader Xavier Cugat from 1966 to 1978, although she claims that her marriage to Cugat – who was 66 when she married him – was simply a way of her legally coming to the US from Spain.
The comedian and actress rose to fame in the 70s thanks to roles in Laugh-In, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Charo – also a trained flamenco guitarist – also made a comeback in 2017 as she competed on Dancing With The Stars.
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