Rosie O’Donnell‘s ex-wife Michelle Rounds has been found dead at her home from an apparent suicide.
The actress, who has a four-year-old daughter with Rounds, spoke to TMZ about the tragic event, saying she was ‘saddened’ by the news.
‘I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy. Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families,’ she said. ‘My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle‘s family, her wife and their child.’
Rosie, 55, and Michelle, 46, were married in secret in 2012 but split up two years later after Rosie filed for divorce and took sole custody of their daughter Dakota. Despite splitting in 2015, their union was only dissolved last year after they spent 15 months coming to an agreement on a settlement.
In an ‘Ask Ro’ Q&A on her website, Rosie confirmed to a fan that she did not share custody of their daughter with Michelle, and when another fan asked if her ex-wife was out of the child’s life, she replied ‘yup’.
Michelle’s mother also released a statement asking people to donate money to the National Suicide Prevention in her daughter’s name.
‘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.’