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Demian Bichir announces the passing of wife Stefanie Sherk

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.”

Ken Kercheval, beleaguered Cliff on ‘Dallas,’ dies at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A representative for Ken Kercheval says the actor who played Cliff Barnes on the hit TV series “Dallas” has died. Kercheval was 83.

Agent Jeff Fisher said Kercheval died Sunday in the city of Clinton in his native Indiana.

The cause of death was being kept private by family, Fisher said Wednesday.

Kercheval’s character was a punching bag for Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on “Dallas,” which aired from 1978 to 1991.

Default judgment against

no-show R. Kelly in civil case

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge has entered a default judgment for a woman who sued R. Kelly in February, accusing the singer of sexually abusing her when she was a minor 20 years ago.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that the court will enter an amount Kelly should pay next month. It ruled Kelly in default Tuesday after he never responded to summonses.

Separately, Kelly is charged criminally with sexually abusing three girls and a woman. He denies the allegations. Lawsuit filings aren’t clear about links to the criminal case.

It’s unclear if Kelly has a lawyer for the civil matter. His criminal attorney, Steve Greenberg, told The Associated Press Wednesday he isn’t involved in the civil case. He added: “I know nothing about it except for what I read in the papers.”

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/