Model Stefanie Sherk died by suicide, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has confirmed.
The 43-year-old wife of actor Demian Bichir, 55, was reportedly found weighed down in the pool at the Sherman Oaks home they shared on April 12.
The coroner listed her causes of death as anoxic encephalopathy, where the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen, asphyxia and drowning.
She was resuscitated by paramedics, but died eight days later in hospital according to reports.
Damian shared the tragic news of his wife’s passing on April 20 in an emotionalInstagram post, but did not specify a cause of death, adding that she had died “peacefully”.
The statement read: “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…Continue Reading