Charo describes the day of her husband's suicide: 'We had dinner, but he did not talk'

Charo is still reeling in the aftermath of finding her husband dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in February.

The Spanish singer and actress appeared on "The Talk" this week for her first televised interview since losing Kjell Rasten, her husband of more than 40 years, five months ago. She detailed her final day with Rasten, 78, noting that his behavior was slightly abnormal in the hours before his death.

"We had dinner, but he did not talk. During the dinner he talked very little," she recalled. "Then when he went to go to sleep, he looked at me very strange, like he wanted to talk to me."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Charo and Kjell Rasten attend 50th Birthday Party for Rip Taylor on January 13, 1981 at the Daisy in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Entertainer Charo and husband Kjell Rasten attend 'The Love Boat' Honors Helen Hayes on February 22, 1980 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 4: Entertainer Charo and husband Kjell Rasten on February 4, 1979 dance at the El Privado Room, Carlos'n Charlie's Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: Charo, Kjell Rasten (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 6: Entertainer Charo and husband Kjell Rasten attend Mavis Nabors' Birthday Party Hosted by Jim Nabors on February 6, 1983 at the Crystal Room, Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 10: Entertainer Charo and husband Kjell Rasten attend the Plumstead Theatre Society Presents 'Henry FondaA Celebration of Life' Tribute Gala on February 10, 1985 at Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 10: Entertainer Charo and husband Kjell Rasten attend the Plumstead Theatre Society Presents 'Henry FondaA Celebration of Life' Tribute Gala on February 10, 1985 at Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 10: Entertainer Charo and husband Kjell Rasten attend the Plumstead Theatre Society Presents 'Henry FondaA Celebration of Life' Tribute Gala on February 10, 1985 at Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 5: Entertainer Charo and husband Kjell Rasten depart for Miami, Florida on September 5, 1996 from the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Charo/Jill Whelan' - It's a 'Love Boat' reunion when entertainer/musician Charo and actress Jill Whelan are featured on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Charo lives in Beverly Hills, CA with her husband of 36 years, Kjell. The couple has one son, Shel, who lives nearby but is always home visiting his family where Charo loves to entertain late into the evening. Showbiz is the family business with Charo's husband serving as her manager and her sister, Carmen, overseeing all of her costumes. Charo is a true performer who loves to sing, dance and celebrate life to the fullest. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Charo/Jill Whelan' - It's a 'Love Boat' reunion when entertainer/musician Charo and actress Jill Whelan are featured on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Charo lives in Beverly Hills, CA with her husband of 36 years, Kjell. The couple has one son, Shel, who lives nearby but is always home visiting his family where Charo loves to entertain late into the evening. Showbiz is the family business with Charo's husband serving as her manager and her sister, Carmen, overseeing all of her costumes. Charo is a true performer who loves to sing, dance and celebrate life to the fullest. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Charo/Jill Whelan' - It's a 'Love Boat' reunion when entertainer/musician Charo and actress Jill Whelan are featured on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Charo lives in Beverly Hills, CA with her husband of 36 years, Kjell. The couple has one son, Shel, who lives nearby but is always home visiting his family where Charo loves to entertain late into the evening. Showbiz is the family business with Charo's husband serving as her manager and her sister, Carmen, overseeing all of her costumes. Charo is a true performer who loves to sing, dance and celebrate life to the fullest. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Charo/Jill Whelan' - It's a 'Love Boat' reunion when entertainer/musician Charo and actress Jill Whelan are featured on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Charo lives in Beverly Hills, CA with her husband of 36 years, Kjell. The couple has one son, Shel, who lives nearby but is always home visiting his family where Charo loves to entertain late into the evening. Showbiz is the family business with Charo's husband serving as her manager and her sister, Carmen, overseeing all of her costumes. Charo is a true performer who loves to sing, dance and celebrate life to the fullest. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Charo/Jill Whelan' - It's a 'Love Boat' reunion when entertainer/musician Charo and actress Jill Whelan are featured on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Charo lives in Beverly Hills, CA with her husband of 36 years, Kjell. The couple has one son, Shel, who lives nearby but is always home visiting his family where Charo loves to entertain late into the evening. Showbiz is the family business with Charo's husband serving as her manager and her sister, Carmen, overseeing all of her costumes. Charo is a true performer who loves to sing, dance and celebrate life to the fullest. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Charo/Jill Whelan' - It's a 'Love Boat' reunion when entertainer/musician Charo and actress Jill Whelan are featured on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Charo lives in Beverly Hills, CA with her husband of 36 years, Kjell. The couple has one son, Shel, who lives nearby but is always home visiting his family where Charo loves to entertain late into the evening. Showbiz is the family business with Charo's husband serving as her manager and her sister, Carmen, overseeing all of her costumes. Charo is a true performer who loves to sing, dance and celebrate life to the fullest. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
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Charo does not believe that her husband wanted her to discover his body, but she did in an alley near their home. When she saw him, "I thought that he fell down," she said. "I ran to him, because I thought he fell, and I hugged him and I was full of blood. My hair was full of blood, like I had a shower of blood."

A passing celebrity tour bus noticed her in distress and someone on board called an ambulance, she said.

A police officer was forced to break the news that her husband had not, in fact, accidentally fallen. "'Sit down, he did not fall down, he put a bullet in his head,'" she recalled the officer telling her. "And that moment, I had a bullet in my heart."

Although she had "no clue" that her husband was suicidal, Charo spoke candidly about the factors that contributed to his passing, including the painful diagnosis of a rare skin condition. In turn, he became "very depressed. That, along with the many medications he needed to take, became too much for him."

She urged viewers to watch for signs of depression and asked "The Talk" co-host Sheryl Underwood how she survived losing her own husband to suicide a few years back.

"Like you, I had to choose life, and I put God first," Underwood replied.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

PHOTOS: Charo through the years

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Charo through the years
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CANADA - FEBRUARY 27: Table-top dance by Charo is part of her zany personality. The koochee-koochee girl, who will appear tonight in the Royal York's Imperial Room, has a way of infecting people with her fractured English and malapropisms. (Photo by Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Charo, 1970s. (Photo by Film Favorites/Getty Images)
Charo holding a guitar; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1981: Singer Charo poses for a portrait in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Musician Charo toasting with Guest Host John Davidson on December 29th, 1975-- (Photo by: Fred Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BUENA PARK, CA - APRIL 29: Entertainer Charo attends the 17th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 29, 1982 at the Good Time Theatre, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 10: Entertainer Charo attends the Plumstead Theatre Society Presents 'Henry FondaA Celebration of Life' Tribute Gala on February 10, 1985 at Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 29: Entertainer Charo attends the 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 29, 1977 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1985: Actress guitarist and singer Charo (Mar� Rosario Pilar Mart�ez Molina Moquiere de les Esperades Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Najosa Rasten) poses for a portrait circa 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 29: Entertainer Charo attends the American Women in Radio & Television's 39th Annual Genii Awards on April 29, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 27: Entertainer Charo attends the 16th Annual Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards on June 27, 1986 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Charo, introduced the Favorite Retromercial Winner (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Charo during Guitar World Acoustic Magazine Interviews Charo at Guitar World offices in New York, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Charo arrives for the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 11, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actress Charo arrives at PETA's 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards at The Hollywood Palladium on September 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Charo attends the launch of a PETA Video & leads Anti-Bullfighting Rally On Olvera Street on June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 09: Charo arrives at the 2011 White Party at Palm Springs Convention Center on April 9, 2011 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 05: Charo arrives at the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 5, 2013 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 13: Singer Charo arrives at the World Of Wonder book release party/birthday bash at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios on December 13, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: Actress Charo attends the Cesar Chavez Foundation's 2014 Legacy Awards dinner at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on March 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 21: Charo at the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards - Press Room on November 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 10: Charo speaks onstage during the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on October 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Charo attends Love Boat Cast Christening Of Regal Princess Cruise Ship at Port Everglades on November 5, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: Actress Charo attends The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for NATAS)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: Actress Charo attends The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for NATAS)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Charo attends the 50th Anniversary Of The Merv Griffin Show at Sony Pictures Studios on November 19, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 30: Entertainer Charo attends Global Gaming Expo's (G2E) Casino Entertainment Awards at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on September 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
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