Rosie O'Donnell's ex-wife Michelle Rounds passes away at 46

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Rounds' cause of death has not been confirmed publicly, though O'Donnell responded to reports that it was an apparent suicide.

Michelle Rounds, the former spouse of entertainer Rosie O'Donnell, died this week of apparent suicide at her NY home.

"I am saddened to hear about this awful tragedy", the comedian, 55, said in a statement to Us Weekly on Friday, September 15. Mental illness is a very serious problem that affects many families.

O'Donnell and Rounds had a whirlwind romance; they met and began dating in 2011 and married in 2012. The couple Wednesday in 2012 after moving up the wedding date due to Rounds needing surgery due to health problems.

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Michelle Rounds was found dead in her home on Monday (Photo: Splash News). The couple went on to divorce in 2016, with O'Donnell citing an "irretrievably broken relationship". "If this is triggering anyone, I hope they'll contact the suicide prevention hotline 1-800- 273-8255". The divorce would have been particularly painful for the duo, who tore the custody of her daughter.

Rounds mother has asked people to donate to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in her daughter's name.

Rounds had attempted suicide at least once before. "She is now on the road to recovery", O'Donnell's representative Cindi Berger said at the time. Back in 2015, when Rounds and O'Donnell were in a nasty custody battle over Dakota, Rounds was hospitalized after reportedly overdosing on pills.

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