Ricki Lake Reveals Ex-Husband Christian Evans Has Passed Away

Ricki Lake has shared the sad news that her ex-husband, Christian Evans, has passed away. While Lake doesn’t elaborate on the cause of death, she notes that he “succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed,” Lake writes in an emotional Instagram post about Evans, to whom she was married from 2012 until they separated two years later and Lake filed for divorce; the divorce was finalized in 2015. “The world didn’t understand this man, but I did. He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder.”

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Adds Lake: “For anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend to mental illness, my heart goes out to you. I am a greater person for having known him and spent the past 6 and a half years of my life with him. He was a man of love and what mends my broken heart today is knowing that he is finally at peace and his spirit is free.”

The former “Hairspray” star ends her post by writing: “Rest in peace, my love.”

In a 2011 interview with People, Lake revealed that she and Evans — a jewelry designer — began dating during the summer of 2010, and she described him as a “normal guy. We met through my best friend. He’s a nobody but he’s somebody to me. He’s everything to me.”

Shortly after she and Evans eloped in 2012, Lake told People that she was certain she’d never get married following the breakup of her first marriage — until she met Evans. “I didn’t think it would happen at this point in my life. We just clicked. It just feels like he was the right one all along.”

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