Canadian model Stefanie Sherk was reportedly found weighed down at the bottom of a swimming pool by her actor husband Demian Bichir at the home they shared after a coroner ruled her death as suicide.
Sherk tragically passed away at the age of 43 on Saturday after police were called to the family’s Sherman Oaks home on April 12, The Blast reports.
Law enforcement told the website Sherk was found by her husband after he returned from grocery shopping.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner on Thursday ruled her death suicide by anoxic encephalopathy, where the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen, asphyxia and drowning. That account is in contrast with Bichir’s statement announcing her death, in which he said that she ‘died peacefully’.
An LAPD spokesman confirmed to DailyMail.com that police were called to an address in Sherman Oaks at 7:28pm on April 12 to reports of a possible drowning.
Bichir, 55, revealed the heartbreaking news in an Instagram post on Wednesday, paying tribute to his ‘beautiful, angelic and talented’ wife.
Not specifying a cause of death, he announced with ‘inconceivable pain’ that Stefanie had died ‘peacefully’ on April 20.
Bichir wrote: ‘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.’
Canadian model and actress Stefanie Sherk has tragically passed away at the age of 37
Sharing a snap of Stefanie, the Mexican actor continued: ‘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,’ he concluded.
Demian went on to repeat the message in Spanish where he also asked for respect during the difficult time of mourning.
Stefanie’s husband Demian Bichir announced that she had passed away in an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday and did not specify the cause of her death
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner on Thursday ruled her death suicide by anoxic encephalopathy, where the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen, asphyxia and drowning
Sharing a snap of Stefanie, the Mexican actor continued: ‘It has been the saddest time of our lives and we don’t know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain’
Stefanie was reportedly found weighed down at the bottom of a swimming pool at her home (pictured)
Stars including Diane Kruger, Richard E.Grant and Arielle Kebbel led the celebrity tributes.
Diane wrote: ‘Oh Demian, I’m so sorry I had no idea. I’m sending you so much love in this difficult time ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️’ while Richard commented with a series of broken-hearted emojis.
Arielle wrote: ‘Sending so much love to you and your family. I will continue to pray for you all during this difficult time. ❤️’
Actor Bryan Craig penned: ‘This will be in my prayers Demian, I’m so sorry.’
Grand Hotel actress Justina Adorno wrote: ‘I’m so sorry, you’re in my thoughts and I’m sending all the love to you and your families.’
‘My angel and love of my life’: Demian, who repeated the message in Spanish, also asked for respect during the difficult time of mourning
Talented: The actress was born in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada and she starred in Demian’s directorial debut Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song
Yvette Monreal wrote: ‘Demian I am soo sorry, my prayers are with you Rest in Pease to your beloved wife.’
Stefanie and Demian began dating in 2011 and do not have any children. Bichir has a daughter, Gala, born in 2011, from a previous relationship.
It is unclear when the pair tied the knot, but when Demian was quizzed on wanting to marry Stefanie in 2014, he replied: ‘It’s really hard to actually know if something is forever. I never plan that. 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.’
Speaking directly about Stefanie to the Miami Herald, he gushed: ‘This is the best girl I’ve ever met. She’s not only a fantastic artist – I respect that a lot – but she’s a beautiful, beautiful human being and so smart. And all that together makes her beautiful. She’s a beautiful, amazing human being.’
‘Sending you so much love’: The likes of Diane Kruger, Richard E.Grant and Arielle Kebbel led the celebrity tributes
Good pals: Diane (L), pictured with the couple in 2014, was left devastated following the news of Stefanie’s passing
Love: Gushing about Stefanie in a 2014 interview, Demian stated: ‘This is the best girl I’ve ever met. She’s not only a fantastic artist – I respect that a lot – but beautiful human being’
The actress was born in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada and has a range of acting credentials to her name.
She starred in Demian’s directorial debut Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song alongside Eva Longoria, as well as a slew of other films Star Power, Valentine’s Day and Loco Love.
The star was most famously known for her role in the 2015 TV show #Hashtag: The Series, in which she played the mother of a technology-obsessed teen.
A-list: The star was seen mingling with the likes of George Clooney and his then girlfriend Stacy Kiebler at the Oscars in 2012
Celebrity circles: In 2012, Stefanie was also pictured with Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
Role: The star was most famously known for her role in the 2015 TV show #Hashtag: The Series, in which she played the mother of a technology-obsessed teen
Stefanie was also set to be in the new Grudge movie, which is currently in post production for release next year and in which she plays a therapist.
Meanwhile, Bichir was nominated for a coveted Oscar for Best Actor for his role in 2012’s A Better Life.
Demian has also appeared in the films The Hateful Eight, Che: Guerrilla and Sex, Shame & Tears.
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Love story: Stefanie and Demian began dating in 2010 and do not have any children. Bichir has a daughter, Gala, born in 2011, from a previous relationship