Demián Bichir announced Stefanie Sherk's tragic death on his Instagram

By Ale Russian
April 25, 2019 05:52 PM

Stefanie Sherk, the model wife of actor Demián Bichir, died on April 20 at 43, her husband announced on his Instagram Wednesday.

The actress’s death was ruled a suicide, the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed to PEOPLE. One of the causes of death was listed as drowning.

Sherk was born in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada and started dating Bichir in 2010. Though news of their marriage was never reported, the actor referred to her as his wife in his heartbreaking post.

“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,” Bichir, 55, wrote. “Stefanie’s beautiful, angelical and talented presence will be immensely missed. We will hold Stefanie in our hearts forever.”

Sherk had a number of acting credits to her name and had been working consistently in TV and movies since 2014, including a role in Bichir’s directorial debut, Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song in 2016. She’s also had roles in #Hashtag: The Series, Valentine’s Day, Star Power, Loco Love, as well as the upcoming horror movie Grudge, which she filmed with Jackie Weaver, John Cho and Andrea Riseborough.

Stefanie Sherk
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Bichir opened up about his relationship with Sherk in an interview in 2015, where he said he’d had “fantastic romance ever since I met my girl.”

At the time, the actor didn’t confirm whether the two were going to get married.

“It’s really hard to actually know if something is forever. I never plan that,” he said. “You have to go day-by-day. You love who you love every day, and you expect that to last forever. But you also have to be truthful when things are not right. And that’s when instead of having 14 kids everywhere and 18 marriages you need to be smart and truthful and fair to the people you love. If you’re lucky enough to go to the next level, then that’s beautiful, too.”

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Sherk last posted on Instagram in Dec. 2018 and hadn’t been active on Twitter since June 2018. She last shared a sweet birthday message to her mother Susan on Dec. 14.

Bichir confirmed the sad news in his Instagram post, explaining that Sherk — whom he called “my beloved and loving wife” — had “passed away peacefully.”

“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,” Bichir added. “It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace.”

A cause of death was not revealed.