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James Van Der Beek's Wife Suffered a Miscarriage and Almost Died

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By Suzanne Rothberg

James Van Der Beek the star of "Dancing With The Stars" announced that his wife Kimberly Van Der Beek suffered a miscarriage but later took to Instagram and announced she almost died from it. The 42-year-old actor took to video and thanked his fans for their support.

"Thank you everyone for all of the love," she said in a video on Tuesday. "I don't even know how I'm going to begin to respond to it all. So, I think I'll just have to do it here."

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Van Der Beek's wife Kimberly, also commented on the video and was heartbroken with her husband over the tragic news.

"We lost our baby boy" and said she "almost lost my life." She also said she would share "details of what happened in the emergency room" at another time.

Her husband, James stated in a video according to People, “My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby,” an emotional Van Der Beek said in his video package. “The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond.”

Van Der Beek's Reaction to the Sad News


He continued, “You never know why these things happen, that’s what I’ve been telling my kids. All you know is that it brings you closer together, it breaks you open, it opens up your heart, it deepens your appreciation,” said Van Der Beek. “It makes you more human.”

Van Der Beek originally said that he would not be on "Dancing With The Stars" on Monday evening, but chose to compete for his wife, Kimberly who pushed him to compete on the show.

Van Der Beek Competes After Loss of Baby


He dedicated his performance to his wife and thanked her for pushing him to compete on "Dancing With The Stars. “Kimberly, I’m dancing for you, I’m dancing for us, so here we go, babe.” He danced with his partner to the song, "Take Me To Church" by Hozier.

He continued, “Kimberly, I love you. Thank you for pushing me out on that dance floor,” the actor said in a sweet shout-out to his wife before the judges awarded him and Slater a 27/30. “Thank you for everything you do. I don’t know how you do it. Five kids. You’re amazing.”

Van Der Beek took to Instagram and wrote:

“Wrecked. Devastated. In shock. That’s how we’re feeling right now after the soul we thought were going to welcome into our family in April… has taken a short cut to whatever lies beyond this life. We’ve been through this before, but never this late in the pregnancy, and never accompanied by such a scary, horrific threat to @vanderkimberly and her well-being.”

“Grateful that she’s now recovering, but we’ve only just begun unpacking the layers of this one. Thank you to all of our friends and co-workers (and dance partners) who have shown up for us so beautifully during this time. "

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