Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir is opening up about the loss of his wife, Stefanie Sherk, who he says took her own life.
Bichir took to Instagram Friday with two emotional posts following a coroner’s report, which was released to the public.
“It is with courage, dignity and love for our Stefanie, that we confirm such information,” wrote Bichir, who began his relationship with Sherk in 2010. “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.”
He continued: “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.”
Sherk, who died at age 43, was born in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada. She appeared in Bichir’s directorial debut “Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song,” as well as the films “Star Power,” ”Valentine’s Day” and “Loco Love.” She also starred in “#Hashtag: The Series.”
Bichir, 55, was nominated for an Oscar for best actor in 2012 for his role in Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life.” He has also appeared in films like “The Hateful Eight,” ”Che: Guerrilla” and “Sex, Shame & Tears.”
In a second post Friday Bichir praised his wife as “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.”
The actor said he and his family are “devastated” and “respectfully ask once again for your understanding in allowing us to grieve in peace and privacy in this sad and difficult times.”
If you know someone who is thinking about suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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