Rosie O’Donnell, Michelle Rounds: Comedian’s Ex-Wife Found Dead, ‘Mental Illness’ Affects Families, Star Says


Michelle Rounds, the ex-wife of Rosie O’Donnell, was found dead in her home four days ago. People reports today Michelle Rounds, 46, took her own life on September 11. Rosie O’Donnell took time to express her sadness about her former lover’s death to TMZ.


Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds began dating in 2011. During their courtship, the celebrity couple was often seen out enjoying motorcycle rides and rock and roll date nights. They later married in a lovely private ceremony in 2012. Rosie O’Donnell often detailed their family activities on her blog.

After a year of attempting to become pregnant, Michelle Rounds and Rosie O’Donnell announced the birth of a daughter, Dakota, in 2013, whom they finally adopted.


However, by 2014, serious problems in the marriage emerged, stemming from Rosie’s stint on The View. The former host, who sources say has a terrible temper, began having problems on the set and at home.


The departure did nothing to ease the troubles on the home front between Michelle Rounds and Rosie O’Donnell. By 2015, they’d split for good. Difficult People and Happily Divorced actress Rosie O’Donnell said the relationship was irretrievably broken.

Details regarding who found Michelle Rounds’ body and the circumstances leading up to her death are not currently known. According to TMZ, Rosie O’Donnell made the following statement about mental illness affecting families.


“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.”


TV Crime Sky will update this story when a memorial date for Michelle Rounds is set.


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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as and Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.