“It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don’t know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain,” the Oscar-nominated actor wrote on Instagram, adding that Sherk died on Saturday.
Bichir’s post did not address how his “angel” died, but the New York Post reports that the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner records indicate that she took her own life.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner ruled her death suicide by anoxic encephalopathy, where the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen, asphyxia and drowning.
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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. It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don’t know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain. Stefanie’s beautiful, angelical and talented 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. Queridos amigos, A nombre de la familia Sherk y la familia Bichir Nájera, con un dolor indescriptible, les informo que nuestra hermosa Stefanie Sherk, mi amada esposa, falleció en completa paz, el pasado 20 de Abril del año en curso. Han sido los días más tristes y dolorosos de nuestras vidas y no sabemos cuánto tiempo nos llevará sobreponernos a este dolor. La hermosa, angelical y talentosa presencia de mi Stefanie será echada de menos profundamente y permanecerá en nuestros corazones para siempre. Agrademos a todos de antemano sus oraciones y de manera respetuosa pedimos su comprensión para que podamos vivir este luto en paz y privacidad en estos momentos tan difíciles para todos nosotros. Es nuestra más sincera esperanza que nuestra amada Stefanie, mi ángel y amor de mi vida, descanse eternamente en paz.
An LAPD spokesman confirmed that police were called to an address in Sherman Oaks at 7:28pm on April 12 to reports of a possible drowning.
Bichir found his wife weighted down on the bottom of their pool, The Blast reported, citing law enforcement sources.
She died eight days later in the hospital.
“It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace,” Bichir said.
Sherk appeared in films such as Valentine’s Day and the new Jackie Weaver film Grudge.
Bichir was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscar’s for his role in A Better Life but has also been seen in The Hateful Eight and The Nun.
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This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission