Rosie O'Donnell 'saddened' by news of ex-wife's death

Happy days Rounds was the adoptive mother of O'Donnell's youngest daughter Dakota 4 but lost custody of the girl in 2015

Rosie O'Donnell Ex-Wife Michelle Rounds Dead of Apparent Suicide

At the time, People reported that O'Donnell had been in contact with Rounds during the incident and that she stayed on the phone with her ex until Rounds was transported to the hospital.

Rosie O'Donnell's ex-wife Michelle Rounds died Monday of apparent suicide at her home.

The talk-show host released a statement, saying, "I am saddened to hear about this awful tragedy". Mental illness is a very serious problem that affects many families.

Back in 2011, Rosie and Michelle began their courtship and were married in 2012.

Rosie O'Donnell (L) and Michelle Rounds attend American Theatre Wing's 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City.

"Michelle's mom posted a statement, ". The couple went on to divorce in 2016, with O'Donnell citing an "irretrievably broken relationship".

According to Page Six, the divorce between Rosie and Michelle got very ugly, with custody over Dakota a key sticking point. However, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Department shared, "They are not calling this a suicide at this time".

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'. She was 46. On Friday, O'Donnell retweeted a well-wisher's suggestion that those affected by the news shouldn't hesitate to seek help from a suicide prevention hotline if needed.

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