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2017-09-15 16:45:02


Rosie O'Donnell's Ex-Wife Michelle Rounds Dead at 46

Rosie O'Donnell's ex-wife Michelle Rounds died on Monday, September 11. She was 46.

"I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy," the comedian, 55, said in a statement to Us Weekly on Friday, September 15. "Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle's family, her wife Krista and their child."

O'Donnell and Rounds began dating in 2011. They married in a private ceremony in New York City in June 2012 and adopted a daughter, Dakota, in January 2013. The former couple split in November 2014 and finalized their divorce in March 2016. O'Donnell was awarded full custody of Dakota, now 4.

According to TMZ, which was first to report the news, Rounds died of an apparent suicide. Her mother posted a statement on social media: "If anyone would like to give to the National Suicide Prevention it would also be greatly appreciated. There are so many out there in this world that have demons that they think suicide is the only way out."

Prior to Rounds, the Emmy winner was married to Kelli Carpenter. They share four children: Parker, 22, Chelsea, 19, Blake, 17, and Vivienne, 14.