James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly have lost their baby.
The actor revealed his wife suffered a miscarriage during the most recent episode of Dancing With The Stars.
The dad-of-five said that he is still in shock over the tragic loss.
"My wife Kimberly and I went through every expectant parent's worst nightmare. We lost the baby. The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond," he revealed.
The heartbroken actor continued. “You never know why these things happen. It'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. Deepens your appreciation. Makes you more human. I really didn't think I would be dancing tonight. But Kimberly from our hospital bed said to me, 'I am not done watching you dance.' Kimberly, I love you,” he added.
The Dawson’s Creek actor dedicated this week’s dance to his wife.
James and Kimberly were due to welcome their sixth child into the world in April.
The actor later wrote about the tragic loss on Instagram. “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.”
He continued, “As many of you have said, “There are no words...” and it’s true. Which is why in a time like this it’s enough to know that you’re there. Grieving AND counting our blessings today.”
Our hearts go out to James, Kimberly and their family.