Michelle Rounds, Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife, has died at the age of 46. Reports indicate she committed suicide on Monday at her home in Florida.
O’Donnell has since released a statement: “I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy. Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s family, her wife and their child.”
She has yet to post anything about it on her social media but did retweet a fan’s message:
lovelovelove to @Rosie. If this is triggering anyone, I hope they'll contact the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255.
— Kryss Shane (@itsKryss) September 15, 2017
Rounds and O’Donnell met in 2011 and were married in 2012 before splitting two years later. They officially divorced, citing an “irretrievably broken relationship,” in February 2016, with O’Donnell telling reporters they were “both happy with the outcome.” Rounds told ET: “Depends on what you mean by how I’m doing … I am so much happier. Being out of that chaotic environment that I was in. And hostile environment. And I feel more alive than I’ve ever felt in my life.”
Although Rounds fought for sole custody of their adopted daughter, Dakota, O’Donnell eventually took on custody of the now 4-year-old, and Rounds first attempted suicide, reportedly taking pills with wine after a friend says she had a “bitter argument” with O’Donnell and was found in her hotel room near Nyack, New York. O’Donnell called 911 and Rounds was taken to the hospital.
Rounds eventually remarried and is survived by wife Krista Monteleone, their daughter, and Rounds’ stepson. Her obituary refers to her as “a very loving, giving and caring individual who would help anyone in their time of need” and notes that she “will be remembered for her beautiful smile and beautiful long flowing red hair; her signature some would say. The love she had for her family and friends was unconditional. Not to be fooled by her appearance; Michelle was a high-class tom boy [sic] who was a sharp shooter [sic], enjoyed boxing, golfing and the great outdoors.”
Rounds’ mother, Gayla, reportedly released a statement of her own, asking that “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.”