Canadian model and actress Stefanie Sherk has died.
Sherk was found at the bottom of the family’s swimming pool. The cause of death was ruled a suicide. She allegedly died from anoxic encephalopathy, a condition where the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen resulting in loss of brain function.
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Dear friends, When a young person dies at a hospital in the US, the possibility of becoming an instant coroner’s case is very high. A coroner’s investigation is then conducted to determine the cause of death so it can be stated on the death certificate. This information then becomes of public domain. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has completed the investigation regarding my wife’s death and have made the results public. It is with courage, dignity and love for our Stefanie, that we confirm such information. It was our hope that we would have some time to heal and grieve before we could talk about this issue that affects way too many people around the globe. This is a serious and, in many cases like ours, an invisible affliction that corners human beings in a terrifying and dark place. Depression has taken the lives of so many beautiful, wonderful, talented people such as my beloved wife, Stefanie. The nightmare that we have been through over the last several days will only be eased if we succeed in taking our pain and sorrow out into the world as an important message of awareness so, hopefully, other lives can be saved. Many things will be addressed, I promise, from how mysteriously the human mind works, to how terribly our health system fails. How the intricate paths in the acting career are sorted out by all of us, actors. And how, right in the middle of this emotional tornado, we were also able to find incredibly compassionate and talented doctors, nurses, social workers, paramedics, police officers and the sympathy of other human beings suffering similar pain. I will talk more about this experience as soon as the days go by and we heal. But for now, allow me please to just focus on two matters:
Her husband, “The Hateful Eight Actor” Demian Bichir, confirmed the cause of death in a two-part statement on Instagram. “It was our hope that we would have some time to heal and grieve before we could talk about this issue that affects way too many people around the globe,” he wrote. “This is a serious and, in many cases like ours, an invisible affliction that corners human beings in a terrifying and dark place.”
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One: Stefanie was an extraordinary daughter, a generous loving sister, a smart and funny friend, a dignified, elegant and talented actor and a compassionate human. She was the perfect woman for me. My soul mate. My best friend. She made me better in every sense. I fell under her gorgeous spell ever since I laid eyes on her for the first time. And that was the same effect she caused on everybody who had the fortune to know her. And Two: Our dear families and I are devastated by this powerful event that have changed our lives forever. We respectfully ask once again for your understanding in allowing us to grieve in peace and privacy in this sad and difficult times. Any statements regarding this matter will be issued here. We want to thank you all for your loving support your words of encouragement and solidarity. Stefanie’s life and legacy were way bigger and more wonderful than what made her leave us so early. We love you deeply, Stefanie Sherk.
“Depression has taken the lives of so many beautiful, wonderful, talented people such as my beloved wife, Stefanie,” Bichir continued. “The nightmare that we have been through over the last several days will only be eased if we succeed in taking our pain and sorrow out into the world as an important message of awareness so, hopefully, other lives can be saved.”
He also posted a video in which Bichir’s family was confronted by a camera crew standing outside the home. The crew were politely asked to leave the premises and allow the family to grieve. “This is what happens when you ask for respect and privacy for your pain, sorrow and grief,” the actor wrote. “These people have no shame, no decency and no scruples.”
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This is what happens when you ask for respect and privacy for your pain, sorrow and grief. These people have no shame, no decency and no scruples. They shamelessly say “our people”, la Raza, mis paisanos “want to know”. False. Our people are way more sensible to other people’s pain that this media will ever be. They cover their shameless acts behind our people. They don’t represent our people. Our people are good and decent. To all the media, it’s important that you know that cameras are running fully 24/7 in our property and we will take legal action against any invasion of our privacy. We should be able to grieve peacefully instead of dealing with these despicable acts. Once again, the only comments we will make will be posted on this account. Shame on you @telemundo and @dailymail You are absolutely heartless. Esto es lo que ocurre cuando se pide respeto y privacidad en el dolor, la tristeza y el duelo. Estos medios no tienen vergüenza, ni decencia, ni escrúpulos. Ellos dicen sin el menor pudor que “nuestra gente”, mis paisanos, la raza, “quieren saber”. Falso. Nuestra gente es infinitamente más sensible ante el dolor ajeno de lo que ellos nunca serán. Que no se escuden en nuestra gente para cometer sus actos tan despreciables. Ellos no representan a nuestra gente. Nuestra gente es buena y decente. A todos los medios, es importante que sepan que las cámaras de seguridad en nuestra propiedad funcionan 24/7 y que procederemos legalmente contra cualquier violación a nuestra privacidad. Nosotros deberíamos estar viviendo nuestro duelo en paz en vez de lidiar con sus lamentables actos sin vergüenza. Una vez más, los únicos comentarios que haremos serán publicados en esta cuenta. Son una vergüenza @telemundo y @dailymail No tienen corazón.
Prior to her passing, Bichir confirmed the tragic news on Instagram, writing that Sherk had passed away peacefully on April 20. Bichir’s lengthy caption included, “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.” He also thanked everyone for their prayers beforehand and asked for people’s understanding at this difficult so the families could grieve in peace.
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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.
The L.A. County Medical Examiner also listed asphyxia and drowning as contributing causes. Sherk and Bichir were thought to have been in a relationship since 2010.