UPDATE: The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirms to E! News that Stefanie Sherk's death has been ruled a suicide.
The causes of death included anoxic encephalopathy—a condition caused by lack of oxygen to brain tissue—drowning and asphyxia. The case status is now listed as closed.
Canadian actress and model Stefanie Sherk has passed away at the age of 43.
Sherk's husband, actor Demián Bichir, shared the heartbreaking news in a message to his followers on Instagram. Along with a photo of Sherk, 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."
"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," his message continued. "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," Bichir concluded his post. "It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace."
Sherk and Bichir began their relationship in 2010, later starring together in 2016's Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song, written and directed by Bichir. In Sept. 2018, the couple stepped out together to attend the premiere of Bichir's film, The Nun.
"Complete," the Oscar nominee wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the couple. "Yet one more happy day with this beautiful woman."
Our thoughts are with the Sherk and the Bichir Nájera families during this difficult time.
(Originally published Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:37 a.m. PST)