'Seeking Sister Wife' Star Bernie McGee Dies at 41, Wife Paige Confirms

Seeking Sister Wife star Bernie McGee died unexpectedly Saturday, just a day before Father's Day–his wife Paige has confirmed. McGee, 41, reportedly overheated during a bike ride and suffered a heart attack, according to a Facebook update.

"Thank you for your thoughts and prayers," Paige said. "Bernie was out riding his bicycle and called me, saying he wasn't feeling well and to come pick him up."

"By the time I got there, EMTs were working on him but I could already tell," she continued. "The coroner said he had a heat stroke and heart attack. Please bare [sic] with me. I will respond as I can."

Paige's update came after another Facebook post made by a woman identified as Jennifer. It is not clear how Jennifer is related to the McGee family, but she published the initial announcement with "permission from Paige."

"It is with a heavy heart to tell you all that Bernie has passed away," Jennifer began. "Please give Paige time to be with her family, friends and children. We just left the hospital and she is heading home."

"His mother is not handling this well. Paige is not either, but she has a bunch of hands around her," the woman continued. "Please keep this family in your hearts and prayers. Thank you to the ones who have supported them through this journey."

She concluded: "Please be patient and understanding if [Paige] does not respond to any comments or messages."

TLC addressed Bernie's sudden passing through a Facebook post Sunday: "Our hearts go out to the McGee family following the loss of husband and father Bernie McGee. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time."

Among Seeking Sister Wife fans, the McGees have come to be known for their struggles to dive into the world of polygamy. Bernie had previously expressed interest in adding another woman into their family dynamic, and the show tended to focus on Paige's "jealousy issues" with her husband.

"When we were courting our first potential sister wife, I did have some jealousy issues. She was a good friend of both of ours, but even though she was my friend, it was hard to know that she and Bernie were texting and talking to each other privately," Paige said earlier on Seeking Sister Wife. "Had a little bit of drama there with that."

"I know last time we were courting...I saw a lot of hurt in your eyes, I don't want to see that again. But I'm ready to try it again," he told her in response. "So, are you OK? Because that's what it all hinges on, how open you're going to be, how heartfelt you're going to be."

It has not been concluded whether the McGees were planning to take part in Seeking Sister Wife Season 3.

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'Seeking Sister Wife' stars Bernie and Paige McGee. TLC