The actress, who additionally made an appearance on The Ms. Pat Show and played the role of songwriter Diane Warren in Selena: The Series on Netflix, was discovered dead in a car in February.
After an investigation by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, the cause of death of Lindsey Pearlman was identified.
The actress, who had regular appearances on Chicago Justice and The Ms. Pat Show, was discovered dead in a car on February 18 not far from Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood, a well-liked place for runs and hikes. She was 43. On February 13, Pearlman was last spotted in the East Hollywood neighborhood.
According to a coroner’s report that EW was able to get on Monday, her death was determined to be a suicide brought on by ingesting sodium nitrite.
The report also mentioned that codeine, metoclopramide, and lorazepam were detected in Pearlman’s system at non-toxic concentrations.
In addition to Pearlman’s roles as Martha on The Ms. Pat Show and Joy Fletcher on Chicago Justice, she also played the role of songwriter Diane Warren in Selena: The Series on Netflix. Pearlman has also made appearances on episodes of Empire, Sneaky Pete, American Housewife, The Purge, General Hospital, and a plethora of television commercials.
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Many of the missing actress’ friends and family members published the missing persons report on social media after she vanished in an effort to find her. On February 17, Pearlman’s cousin Savannah tweeted as well, noting that Pearlman’s phone had last been pinged on Sunset Boulevard, just 1.5 miles from where her body was eventually discovered.
Savannah also gave Pearlman’s sister the 1-800-273-8255 number for the National Suicide Hotline at that time. “Please know that you are never truly alone,” she added.
Authorities asked for the public’s assistance in locating Pearlman after she failed to arrive home, raising concerns about her safety among her loved ones.
Police reported on February 18 that at about 8:30 a.m. local time, officers in the Hollywood neighborhood responded to a radio request for a death investigation and located Pearlman.
Vance Smith, a TV producer, confirmed Pearlman’s passing on Instagram, writing, “Police discovered Lindsey. She has left. I’m damaged.”
Actress Lindsey Pearlman from General Hospital was discovered dead at age 43
The General Hospital and Chicago Justice alum were last seen in East Hollywood on February 13 at about noon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities asked for the public’s assistance in locating Pearlman after she failed to arrive home, raising concerns about her safety among her loved ones.
The LAPD stated on Friday that officers in the Hollywood neighborhood had responded to a radio request for a death investigation at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and North Sierra Bonita Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. They had recognized Pearlman as the victim. The coroner will identify the cause of death.
In addition to The Ms. Pat Show, Empire, Sneaky Pete, The Purge, American Housewife, Selena: The Series, and the short film Signal to Noise, Pearlman most recently starred in the Urbanflix series Vicious.
Her website states that Pearlman was born in Chicago. For her performance in the play Never the Bridesmaid, she won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role. She went to Los Angeles after taking part in a network sitcom audition and signing a holding contract with NBC, which led to her recurring role on Chicago Justice. She graduated from the Second City Conservatory. Pearlman identified herself as an “activist for animals and humans” and a fan of ’90s R&B.
She was skilled at improv, appearing in Sex Signals, a Catharsis Productions production that has been touring internationally and uses comedy to address the sensitive subject of sexual assault awareness on military bases and college campuses. Throughout her career, Pearlman also made numerous appearances in commercials.