Singer and actress Charo's husband of over 40 years, Kjell Rasten, has passed away after taking his own life. The TV producer reportedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound while at the couple's home in Beverly Hills on Monday. He was 79 years old.

As reported by TMZ, Rasten shot himself at around 2 pm in the afternoon while at his home, according to law enforcement. Charo whose real name is María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza was home at the time of the shooting and somebody in the house called 911.

Once the police, as well as paramedics, arrived, Rasten was rushed to the hospital but was unable to be saved and succumbed to his injuries. Rasten was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Charo and Kjell Rasten (Source: Getty Images)
Charo and Kjell Rasten (Source: Getty Images)


Rasten who was a TV producer during the 70s and 80s had been married to Charo since 1978. The couple also has a child together, actor and producer Shel Rasten, who is also the drummer for the heavy metal band Treazen.

The family appeared on a 2015 episode of 'Celebrity Wife Swap'. 

Charo's representative spoke to ET and shared that the singer and actress had no comments to make and asked everyone to respect the family's privacy. 

Charo and Rasten got married on August 11 in 1978 in a small ceremony which was attended by no more than 30 guests in South Lake Tahoe, California. Eventually, Rasten also became his wife's manager. 

Before being married to Kjell, Charo had previously been married to Xavier Cugat. She is best known for her role in 'Thumbelina' which released in 1994, the 'The Concorde Airport' which released in 1979 and also 'Tiger Trail' which released in 1970. The Spanish-American actress and comedian has a net worth estimated to be $12 million.