Bichir opened up about his relationship with Sherk in an interview in 2015, where he said he’d had “fantastic romance ever since I met my girl.”
At the time, the actor didn’t confirm whether the two were going to get married.
“It’s really hard to actually know if something is forever. I never plan that,” he said. “You have to go day-by-day. You love who you love every day, and you expect that to last forever. But you also have to be truthful when things are not right. And that’s when instead of having 14 kids everywhere and 18 marriages you need to be smart and truthful and fair to the people you love. If you’re lucky enough to go to the next level, then that’s beautiful, too.”
Sherk last posted on Instagram in Dec. 2018 and hadn’t been active on Twitter since June 2018. She last shared a sweet birthday message to her mother Susan on Dec. 14.
Bichir confirmed the sad news in his Instagram post, explaining that Sherk — whom he called “my beloved and loving wife” — had “passed away peacefully.”
“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 added. “It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace.”
A cause of death was not revealed.