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Demian Bichir announces the passing of wife Stefanie Sherk

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FILE - This Dec. 7, 2015 file photo shows Demian Bichir, a cast member in "The Hateful Eight," and his wife Stefanie Shirk at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles.  Bichir announced the passing of his wife in a heartfelt message on Instagram. The Mexican actor wrote Wednesday, April 24, 2019, that Sherk died “peacefully” on April 20. She was 37. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - This Dec. 7, 2015 file photo shows Demian Bichir, a cast member in "The Hateful Eight," and his wife Stefanie Shirk at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Bichir announced the passing of his wife in a heartfelt message on Instagram. The Mexican actor wrote Wednesday, April 24, 2019, that Sherk died “peacefully” on April 20. She was 37. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demian Bichir announced the death of his wife, Canadian actress and model Stefanie Sherk, in a heartfelt message on Instagram.

The Mexican actor wrote early Wednesday that Sherk died "peacefully" on April 20. She was 37.

"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," he said in his post with a picture of Sherk. "It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace."

Bichir did not specify the cause of death. He asked for respect during his time of mourning.

The couple started their relationship in 2010 and did not have children together. Bichir has a daughter, Gala, born in 2011.

Sherk 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."

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