Mexican actor Demian Bichir shared an emotional Instagram post on depression after confirming the suicide of his wife, Canadian actress Stefanie Sherk.

By Lena Hansen
April 26, 2019 06:32 PM

Actor Demian Bichir confirmed wife Stefanie Sherk’s suicide and reflected about depression taking many lives in an emotional Instagram post. “When a young person dies at a hospital in the U.S., 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,” his post said. “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.”

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The Mexican actor, 55, wrote that he will talk about Stefanie’s experience with the hope of helping others suffering. The Canadian actress — whom he described as “my angel and love of my life” — was 43 at the time of her death on April 20. “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 added in the post. “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.”

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Bichir shared another heartfelt message on Instagram remembering his wife. “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 soulmate. 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,” he expressed. “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.“

 

 

 

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