The suicide of Lindsey Pearlman has been determined to be the official cause of her death.
The body of the 43-year-old former ‘Empire actress, also known for roles on ‘Chicago Justice’ and ‘General Hospital,’ was discovered on February 18th, just days after she had been reported missing near Hollywood Boulevard and the entrance to Runyon Canyon Park.
She had “non-toxic levels of lorazepam, metoclopramide, and codeine,” according to a coroner’s report obtained by PEOPLE magazine.
A spokesperson for the coroner’s office said back in February that a preliminary autopsy had concluded that Pearlman died of natural causes “.
As LA County Conoror’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani put it at the time: “Medical examiners couldn’t determine what killed her, so they didn’t.
When an autopsy is performed and the cause of death is still unknown, the medical examiner may request further testing. This is known as a “deferred” determination.
The actress’s husband, the producer Vance Smith, took to Instagram to express his “brokenness” at the news of his wife’s death. The actress had previously starred as Karen in the television series “Vicious.”
He penned, “Authorities located Lindsey. She has left. It’s broken me. I have more to say at a later time, but for now, I just wanted to express my gratitude for everyone’s support and kindness and ask that you all respect her family’s need for privacy.”
Michael Chiaverini, Lindsey’s agent, released a statement expressing his “deep sadness” over his client’s passing and the family’s request for privacy.
He dished to E! News: “Today’s loss of Lindsey Pearlman has left all of us with profound sadness. While they grieve and process, the family requests privacy.”
In his essay, he stated: “Police located Lindsey. She left. My heart is shattered. More details will follow, but for now, please accept my gratitude for everyone’s support and understanding as I ask that her family’s privacy be respected.”
The family has asked for privacy at this time, and Lindsey’s agent, Michael Chiaverini, released a statement saying he was “deeply saddened” by the news.
He declared to E! News: “We are heartbroken to learn of Lindsey Pearlman’s passing today. The family requests their privacy as they mourn and process their loss.”
Time: 5:41 AM on Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Autopsy results from Lindsey Pearlman’s death have been released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The former cast member of Empire was discovered dead in a car on February 18th, 2018, close to the entrance of Runyon Canyon Park, a popular hiking trail in Hollywood, California. The woman had reached the age of 43.
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According to a report obtained by PEOPLE, the coroner ruled her death a suicide caused by sodium nitrite toxicity on Monday.
Additionally, “the presence of non-toxic levels of lorazepam, metoclopramide, and codeine” was noted in Lindsey’s report.
Actress Lindsey Pearlman, from the hit show “Empire,” was reported missing for days before her body was discovered.
On February 13th, days before her death, Lindsey was reported missing. A tweet by her cousin Savannah Pearlman on February 17 revealed that the former General Hospital actress’ phone had been last pinged on Sunset Blvd., only 1.5 miles from where her body was found at the crossroads of Franklin Avenue and North Sierra Bonita Avenue.
During the same time period, Savannah tweeted, “Please know that you are never truly alone. The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.”
Vance Smith, Lindsey’s husband, posted on Instagram the tragic news of her passing: “The authorities tracked down Lindsey. She’s gone, and I’m shattered,” he said.”
Michael Chiaverini, the actress’s representative, also issued a statement after her body was found, which was obtained by PEOPLE.
We are shocked and heartbroken to learn of Lindsey Pearlman’s passing today,” the statement read. The family requests privacy as they deal with their loss and grievances at this time.
Notable TV appearances by Lindsey include those in Selena: The Series on Netflix, The Ms. Pat Show on BET+, Sneaky Pete on Amazon Prime, American Housewife on ABC, and Vicious on Urbanflix.
Elaine Hendrix of Dynasty, who was among the famous people who helped look for Lindsey after she went missing, “thanked everyone who shared Lindsey’s missing person report” on Twitter after learning of her death.
Hendrix expressed shock and sadness at the news of her death. Please share this with her friends and family.
Star of the supernatural thriller Ghost, Danielle Pinnock, also expressed her sadness over Lindsey’s passing on Twitter, remembering the Chicago native and her rise to fame. A week and a half before the tragedy, the 33-year-old star said she had spoken to Lindsey.
Pinnock, writing about the late actress, referred to Lindsey as “hilarious, goofy AF, stunning, and ridiculously gifted,” and she called the city of Chicago “home to the most talented people ever.”
It’s hard to believe she’s gone, Pinnock said.
Dial 988 to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or visit 988lifeline.org if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts.