Oscar nominee mourns death of model wife, 43: 'The saddest and toughest time of our lives'

Demian Bichir, who received a Best Actor nomination for 2011’s A Better Life, shared the news Wednesday that his wife, Canadian model and actress Stefanie Sherk, has died.

Bichir, 55, wrote that it was with “inconceivable pain” that he made the announcement that his “beloved and loving wife passed away peacefully” on Saturday. In his Instagram post, he called 43-year-old Sherk, whom he married in 2011, a “beautiful, angelical and talented presence” that will be “immensely missed.”

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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.

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He did not specify the cause of death, but asked for “peace and privacy in these incredibly difficult times.” He called it the “saddest and toughest time of our lives.”

The actor’s friends posted messages of support, including actress Diane Kruger, who wrote, “Oh Demian, I’m so sorry I had no idea. I’m sending you so much love in this difficult time.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Nun' on September 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Stefanie Sherk and Demian Bichir attend the Placido Domingo 50th Anniversary Concert at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Stefanie Sherk and actor Demián Bichir arrive for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Nun" held at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Actor Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hateful Eight' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on December 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Stefanie Sherk and Demian Bichir attend the Placido Domingo 50th Anniversary Concert at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Actor Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hateful Eight' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on December 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Actor Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk attend the Premiere of The Weinstein Company's "The Hateful Eight" at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on December 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actors Stefanie Sherk (L) and Demian Bichir attend the premiere of "Food Chains" at the Los Angeles Theater Center on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Actors Demain Birchir and Stefanie Sherk arrive at the 2014 LACMA Art & Film Gala held at LACMA. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actors Demain Birchir and Stefanie Sherk arrive at the 2014 LACMA Art & Film Gala held at LACMA. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 19: Actor Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk arrive for the Premiere Of Dimension Films' "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" held at the TCL Chinese Theatre on August 19, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 19: Actor Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 19, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 07: Actors Stefanie Sherk, Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger attend the after party for the season premiere of FX's "The Bridge" at the Pacific Design Center on July 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actors Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk attend TheWrap's First Annual Emmy Party - Inside at The London West Hollywood on June 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images For TheWrap)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Actor Demian Bichir (L) and Stefanie Sherk attend the Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Dom Hemingway" screening hosted by The Cinema Society And Links Of London on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Stefanie Sherk and Demian Bachir attend the 17th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala held at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Stefanie Sherk and Demian Bachir attend the 17th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala held at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: Actor Demian Bichir (R) and actress Stefanie Sherk arrive at the series premiere of FX's "The Bridge" at DGA Theater on July 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: Actor Demian Bichir (R) and actress Stefanie Sherk arrive at the series premiere of FX's "The Bridge" at DGA Theater on July 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actors Demian Bichir (R) and Stefanie Sherk attend "The Heat" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actors Demian Bichir (R) and Stefanie Sherk attend "The Heat" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actors Stefanie Sherk (L) and Demian Bichir attend "The Heat" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on June 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: Actor Demian Bichir (R) and Stefanie Sherk arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Savages' at Mann Village Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: Stefanie Sherk and Actor Demian Bichir arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Savages' at Mann Village Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: Stefanie Sherk and actor Demian Bichir arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Savages' at Mann Village Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Stefanie Sherk and actor Demian Bichir arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Savages" at Westwood Village on June 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: (L-R) Stefanie Sherk and actor Demian Bichir attend the Ermenegildo Zegna NY Passion for Silk Event hosted by Gildo Zegna at Ermenegildo Zegna on May 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Ermenegildo Zegna)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: (L-R) Demian Bichir, Stefanie Sherk, Hilaria Thomas and Alec Baldwin attend the Ermenegildo Zegna NY Passion for Silk Event hosted by Gildo Zegna at Ermenegildo Zegna on May 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Ermenegildo Zegna)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Actor Demian Bichir (R) and Stefanie Sherk attend the Vanity Fair party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
Erin Brady and Steven Tyler, Stefanie Sherk and Demian Bichir arrives to the Vanity Fair after party of the 84th Academy Awards, hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel Sunday evening. (Photo by Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Stefanie Sherk and actor Demian Bichir arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Demian Bichir (R) and Stefanie Sherk arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Stefanie Sherk and actor Demian Bichir arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Demian Bichir and wife Stefanie Sherk arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actor Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk arrive at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Demian Bichir, wearing Piaget and Stefanie Sherk in the Piaget Lounge at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Getty Images for Piaget)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk attend the Fifth Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Cecconi's Restaurant on February 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage for WIF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Stefanie Sherk and actor Demian Bichir attend the Vanity Fair and Richard Mille celebration of Martin Scorsese in support of The Film Foundation at Hotel Bel-Air on February 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for VF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Stefanie Sherk (L) and actor Demian Bichir (R) arrive at The Hollywood Reporter's 'Nominees' Night 2012' A Celebration of the 84th Annual Academy Awards at the Getty House on February 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Demian Bichir and Stefanie Sherk attend Paul Smith Los Angeles Hosts Gary Oldman And Jack English For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Still Photography Exhibit at Paul Smith on February 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 19: Actor Demian Bichir (R) and Stefanie Sherk attend Summit Entertainment's "A Better Life" DVD and Blu-Ray launch party at Culina Restaurant at the Four Seasons Los Angeles on October 19, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: Model Stefanie Sherk (L) and actor Demian Bichir attend the Inaugural Gala of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on April 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Bichir’s first wife, Mexican actress and singer Lisset, also commented. Loosely translated it said that she was sending him love from afar: “I love you with my soul. I'm so sorry.”

Bichir, who was in the hit Showtime series Weeds alongside Mary-Louise Parker, and Sherk started dating in 2010. A Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, native, she appeared in his 2016 directorial debut Un cuento de circo & a Love Song as well as the films Star Power, Valentine's Day and Loco Love. She also appeared in various TV shows including CSI: Cyber, #Hashtag: The Series and Telenovela.

The pair didn’t share any children, but he has a daughter, Gala, who was born in 2011.

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