How did Stefanie Sherk die? Demian Bichir's wife said she wanted to 'jump into a pool' a week before suicide
The Canadian actress was seeking new treatment and was two days into the same before she died by suicide
Fame doesn't come cheap. More often than not, it comes at the cost of one's privacy, seeing that stars often find their lives under the scrutiny of the public eye, with every aspect of the same constantly under review. This can often take a toll on people, as fame can affect you mentally, physically and emotionally. For model and actress Stefanie Sherk, it came at the cost of her life.
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Who was Stefanie Sherk?
Stefanie Sherk was a Canadian actress and the wife of Demian Bichir Najera. Sherk was a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and also had an Honors BA in History from the University of Western Ontario.
She also pursued a Masters degree in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Sherk has acted in multiple projects over the years, such as 'Grand Hotel', 'Star Power', 'Loco Love', 'Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song' 'CSI Cyber' and more.
A look at her tragic death
Sherk was found dead in her Los Angeles home by her husband Demian, who discovered her body in the pool. Her death was ruled as a suicide. As per the police report, Demian and Sherk's father had stepped out to buy groceries and were gone for roughly 20 minutes.
During this time, Sherk filled a bag with dumbells and weighed her ankles down with weights as well. When Demian returned, he found Sherk at the bottom of the pool. Upon finding her, Demian jumped in to help her and she was rushed to the hospital. As reported by Extra, by then, she was suffering from acute brain injury, cerebral edema, CNS failure, acute respiratory failure, circulation system failure, seizures or hypoxemia.
She was then put into an induced coma. After careful consultation, her family "decided to withdrawal care". She was pronounced dead on April 20. The coroner's report revealed Sherk died as 'the result of the effect of lack of oxygen, mainly on the brain, produced by a purposeful drowning episode', as reported by the Daily Mail.
What led to Sherk's death?
Demian reportedly told law enforcement that Sherk has a history of depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Seeing that there were no obvious signs of trauma, her death was ultimately ruled as a suicide. Prior to her death, she mourned the loss of her grandmother and pet dog and at the time, was barely sleeping for two hours a night.
She was seeking new treatment and was two days into the same before she died by suicide. The police report said, "The decedent was also prescribed Xanax within the last two years. The decedent's father came down to visit her and helped her find a new doctor to detox from Xanax. They found a doctor and she was two days into her treatment." Prior to her suicide, Sherk spoke to a friend and expressed the desire to wear weights and jump into the pool.
'Infamy: When Fame Turns Deadly' premieres on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 10 pm ET/PT on VH1.