Actress And Model Stefanie Sherk Dies At Age 43

Sherk's husband, Oscar nominee Demian Bichir revealed she had died in a heart-wrenching Instagram post.

"Dear friends, On behalf of the Sherk and the Bichir Nájera families, it is with inconceivable pain that I announce that on April 20, 2019, our dearest Stefanie Sherk, my beloved and loving wife, passed away peacefully," he captioned a photo of Sherk.

He went on to call his wife “beautiful, angelical and talented” and said her “presence will be immensely missed.”

“We will hold Stefanie in our hearts forever. We thank everybody beforehand for their prayers and we respectfully ask for your understanding so we may grieve in peace and privacy in these incredibly difficult times. It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace.”

According to reports, Bichir and a family member called paramedics upon discovering her at the bottom of a pool at their home in Sherman Oaks, California, after he had returned from grocery shopping. Emergency responders took her to the hospital where she spent the next eight days before passing away.

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Today, the L.A. County Medical Examiner concluded that Sherk died from anoxic encephalopathy, a condition where the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen resulting in loss of brain function.

Asphyxia and drowning were listed as contributing causes of death and her death has since been ruled a suicide.

Bichir earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 2012 for his role in 'A Better Man', and began dating Sherk in 2010. In 2016, both Bechir and Sherk co-starred in 'Un Cuento de Circo' & 'A Love Song', which Bichir also wrote and direct.

Sherk has also had roles in '#Hashtag: The Series', 'Valentine’s Day', 'Star Power', 'Loco Love', as well as the upcoming horror movie 'Grudge'.

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