Ricki Lake shares touching tribute to late ex-husband: 'He is finally at peace'

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Ricki Lake is mourning her "beloved soulmate."

The 48-year-old actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to pay tribute to her late ex-husband, Christian Evans, who "succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder."

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"It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed," Lake wrote alongside a sweet image of herself and Evans. "The world didn't understand this man, but I did."

"He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder. For anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend to mental illness, my heart goes out to you," she continued. "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."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Ricki Lake arrives at the Stand Up For Pits at The Hollywood Improv on November 5, 2016 in Hollywood, California (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Producer Ricki Lake attends AOL Build to discuss 'Mama Sherpas' at AOL Studios In New York on August 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Ricki Lake visits at SiriusXM Studios on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Ricki Lake attends the launch of #TREATMENTFORALL at the Facebook Office on November 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for #TREATMENTFORALL)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 11: Ricki Lake arrives at the Helping Hand Mother's Day Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 16: Actress/producer Ricki Lake attends 'Breastmilk' Los Angeles Premiere on May 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for CAVU Pictures)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Ricki Lake visits at SiriusXM Studios on May 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actress Ricki Lake arrives at the TevorLIVE Los Angeles Benefit celebrating The Trevor Project's 15th anniversary at the Hollywood Palladium on December 8, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actress Ricki Lake attends The New York Pops 31st Birthday Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actress/TV personality Ricki Lake speaks onstage at 'TrevorLIVE LA' honoring Jane Lynch and Toyota for the Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 8, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Trevor Project)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: Ricki Lake attends Bingo At The Roxy to Benefit The Painted Turtle at The Roxy Theatre on October 10, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 02: Ricki Lake arrives at The Trevor Project's 2012 'Trevor Live' Event Honoring Katy Perry at Hollywood Palladium on December 2, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: TV personality Ricki Lake enters the 'Good Afternoon America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on August 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: Host Ricki Lake speaks onstage at the 'The Ricki Lake Show' panel during the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 28, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: Actress Ricki Lake attends the 2012 Outfest opening night gala screening of 'VITO' at The Orpheum Theatre on July 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 30: Ricki Lake attends Global Television's 2012 Fall Launch for Shaw Media at Trump International Hotel And Tower on May 30, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Actress Ricki Lake attends the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - Day 1 at USC on April 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Ricki Lake promotes 'Never Say Never' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on April 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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"Rest in peace, my love," she concluded.

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Lake and Evans, a jewelry designer, started dating in 2010, and married in 2012. The actress filed for divorce from Evans in October 2014. Though the pair put their divorce on hold two months later, they eventually decided to go through with their split, finalizing their divorce in 2015.

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