So I've watched the whole of the anime, read every manga chapter that is out, and have started reading volume 1 of the novel series. However, I am a slow reader and am busy with life so I don't have much time to research the truth of the matter, so I'm asking and hoping someone will be able to tell me. So the question is: what happened to Cheri-sama's three husbands?
So I know, obviously, Conrad's human dad is dead (whether by old age or some assasination plot against humans/inter-species relationships) the anime makes it out to be of old age, but then they also do things like having ninja running around dressed head to toe in black, which from what I know of the series lore would never happen. So I don't know how much faith to put into what they say about character's back-stories.
But for the likes of von Voltaire-kyou and von Bielefeld-kyou who are both mazoku, it is perfectly possible that they could still be alive. So what do we actually know about them? Does it ever actually say anywhere that they are dead? Or just that they're no longer together with Cheri-sama? Could they still be alive and married to other people now? Could Wolf and Gwen have siblings outside of Cheri-sama?
I personally think it's less likely that von Bielefeld-kyou is still alive, because Wolf's young uncle is head of the family (at least in the anime), and it seems if his brother (old enough to have a child who is nearly grown) was around he would be family head instead. But it could also be that onii-chan stepped down for some reason, or was otherwise decided to be unfit to lead the provence.
And for von Voltaire-kyou, Gwen is head of the family, so that might seem like he's dead. However, Gunther is head of the Kliest province, even though his mother, the previous head, was mentioned as still being alive. And in the anime Yuuri meets Julia's father, even though her brother is the current head. So going by that logic, the predisessor doesn't have to be dead for the next person in line to step up and take over. And I remember reading somewhere (not sure if it's cannon or not) that Cheri-sama wasn't yet the Maou when she had Gwen, so perhaps her getting the title could have put a strain on their relationship and caused them to go their separate ways?
So again, the question is: "Are Cheri-sama's first and third husbands dead, or just devorced?" Have we just assumed that they were dead because they aren't around/she remarried/different people became heads of the family? Or does it actually say somewhere in the novels that they died?