Lindsey Pearlman’s cause of death has been revealed six months after her death at age 43.
The Chicago JusticeAccording to a Monday August 15 report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner–Coroner, an alum committed suicide after succumbing to sodium nitrite poisoning. People. The report noted that there were also “nontoxic levels of lorazepam, metoclopramide and codeine” found in Pearlman’s system at the time of her death.
The former Empire star’s body was found in a vehicle near Runyon Canyon Park in Los Angeles on February 18, days after Pearlman was reported missing. “Today around 8:30 a.m., Hollywood Area officers responded to a radio call for a death investigation at Franklin Avenue and North Sierra Bonita Avenue,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement at the time. “The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed the individual to be Lindsey Erin Pearlman. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner.”
The actress’ loved ones had reported her missing earlier in the week, as she had not been seen since February 15.
Her husband is Vance SmithIn an Instagram post,, confirmed her passing. “The police found Lindsey. She’s gone. I’m broken,” the producer wrote at the time. “I will share more later, but I wanted [to say] thank you to everyone for their love and efforts and ask you to respect the privacy of her family at this time.”
The General Hospital alum’s cousin Savannah Pearlman also spoke out about Lindsey’s death after previously sharing that she was missing. “UPDATE: I’m deeply sad to report that they have found Lindsey, and it was too late,” Savannah tweeted in February. “I have no other information about the location or circumstance. Lindsey was a strong animal advocate and a talented actor. Please consider making a donation. [L.A. adoption center] @SanteDOr in her honor.”
After Lindsey’s death, tributes poured in from her friends and colleagues in the film and TV industry. “Lindsey Pearlman was terrific on @GeneralHospital and we are saddened to hear of this tragedy,”Frank ValentiniAt the time, executive producer of soap opera,, tweeted the following. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends.”
Actress Lynn Chen, for her part, added via Twitter: “This is how I will remember Lindsey Pearlman. Beautiful and talented. Hilarious. Compassionate. Unapologetic. She lit up every room. She listened attentively, both on stage and off. She was so attached to animals. I am sorry to her family and all the communities who deeply adored her.”
Call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline on 988 if you think of suicide or if you know someone who is.