Actress Lindsey Pearlman was tragically found dead in February after reportedly going missing.
Her death came as a huge shock, and very little information was shared at the time…
But now, her cause of death has been revealed.
It is truly devastating.
Scroll on for the full story…
Pearlman made a life out of the entertainment industry.
She started out her career in television at a young age, appearing in countless television commercials.
After discovering her passion for acting, she began training at The Second City Conservatory.
After which she won the role of Patti Sharp in Empire.
The success from this landed her guest roles in Sneaky Pete and American Housewife.
She also appeared in the hit series The Purge.
But her most notable role was probably her work as Joy Fletcher in Chicago Justice, which she featured in 5 episodes.
According to her website, she also frequently took to the stage in Chicago.
Performing in a touring show called S*x Signals, “which uses comedy to broach the difficult topic of s*xual assault awareness at military bases and college campuses.”
The ‘about’ section of her website gives some heartwarming insight into who Pearlman was as a person.
“Lindsey loves 90s R&B. She is an activist for animals and humans,” it says. “Her bat mitzvah bash is still the standard to which she holds all parties. Lindsey’s bladder is tiny, so remind her to pee before the movie starts please.”
Despite having a passion for acting, Pearlman was a devoted animal rights activist.
And quite impressively helped to abolish the use of wild animals in Ringling Brothers Circus.
She dedicated a great deal of her free time to helping re-home abandoned animals.
She was clearly an extremely kind-hearted individual.
This is what made the news of her disappearance earlier this year even more heartbreaking.
Before her death, Pearlman’s friends and family had previously reported her missing…
And even made a public plea for information to help find her when she didn’t return home on February 13.
According to police, she was last seen in Hollywood, just miles away from where her body would later be found.
LA police said Pearlman was reported missing after she “failed to return home and has not been seen or heard from since.” The department also added: “friends and family fear for her safety.”
Tragically, just days after she was reported missing, the LAPD gave a statement announcing they had found her body.
The statement read: “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 L.A. County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed the individual to be Lindsey Erin Pearlman.”
The news left fans shocked.
Tributes began pouring in for Lindsey after the news of her death emerged.
Lindsey’s agent wrote in a statement to E! News at the time: “We are deeply saddened by Lindsey Pearlman’s passing today. The family has asked for privacy during this difficult time while they process and grieve.”
Lindsey’s husband, Vance Smith also shared the devastating news in an Instagram post: “The police found Lindsey. She’s gone. I’m broken.
“I will share more later, but I wanted to thank you to everyone for their love and efforts and ask you to respect the privacy of her family at this time.”
Her sister also wrote: “I’m deeply sad to report that they have found Lindsey, and it was too late.”
“I have no other information about the location or circumstance. Lindsey was a fierce animal advocate and a talented actress. Please consider a donation to @SanteDOr in her honor.”
The 43-year-old’s body was found inside a car on February 18, at the base of Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood.
Her cause of death has been a mystery for over 6 months…
But now it’s been revealed.
As per E! News, the coroner’s report states that they ruled her death a suicide.
Our thoughts go out to Lindsey’s family and friends during this very difficult time.
Rest in peace, Lindsey Pearlman.
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