Rosie O’Donnell Says Mental Illness Took Her Ex-Wife Michelle Rounds’ Life: “It Was Not The First Time”

July 2, 2019

Popular American comedian and actress Rosie O’Donnell, who rose to stardom after her role on the television series Star Search in 1984, married her second wife, the executive-search consultant Michelle Rounds, back in 2012.

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Rosie O’Donnell came out as a lesbian in 2002, just one month after she appeared on the sitcom Will & Grace, playing a lesbian mother.

Nevertheless, her marriage with Michelle Rounds didn’t last for a long time, and the couple filed for divorce three years after the wedding.

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Michelle Rounds’ suicide

Rosie O'Donnell has recently opened up her ex-wife Michelle Rounds committed suicide on September 15, 2017. According to the experts’ opinion, death was caused by the intoxication by amitriptyline, clonazepam, and quetiapine.

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It was very hard for Rosie O'Donnell to announce the death of her ex-wife.

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.

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Michelle Rounds was only 46 at the moment of death. The Orange County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that there was no trauma to her body.

During one of her interviews, Rosie revealed that it was not the first time when Michelle was trying to kill herself.

It was not the first time There was a time in September 2015. You think love has the answer. But mental illness has no say.

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Rosie O’Donnell's adopted daughter Chelsea also suffers from mental illness.

She's married now and on her own. But it was very difficult to find the help that she needed. I know for me — I suffer from major depressive disorder — in '99, after Columbine, I went on medication and I've been on it ever since. For me, it works in my life. For me, it's been a life jacket at times when I felt like swimming down, so for me, it’s something that we have to take the stigma away from.

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Rest in peace, Michelle Rounds!