Updated with cause of death: Actress Lindsay Perlman’s death has been listed as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The body of the 43-year-old actress, whose credits include roles General Hospital, empireAnd Chicago JusticeRunyon was found in a vehicle near Runyon Canyon Park on Feb. 18 by Los Angeles police.
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Perlman was last seen and reported missing on Feb. 13 around noon in the 1600 block of North Mariposa Avenue in East Hollywood. An autopsy was conducted, but the cause of death was deferred.
Perlman’s manner of death is listed as suicide, the cause of death is listed as “sodium nitrite poisoning,” and the case status is listed as “closed,” according to the coroner’s office.
A coroner’s report obtained by PEOPLE and NBC News noted that “non-toxic levels of lorazepam, metoclopramide and codeine” were found in Pearlman’s system.
Earlier on February 22: An autopsy has been performed on actress Lindsay Perlman’s body, and her cause of death is listed as “delayed, pending additional investigation,” according to the coroner, officials said today.
The body of the 43-year-old actress, whose credits include roles General Hospital, empireAnd Chicago JusticeRunyon was found by Los Angeles police Friday in a vehicle near Canyon Park.
Perlman was last seen and reported missing on Feb. 13 around noon in the 1600 block of North Mariposa Avenue in East Hollywood. Police on Friday asked for the public’s help in locating Perlman before identifying his body. The body of the actress was found on Friday morning.
“He was examined by a medical examiner and the cause of death was deferred,” Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardlani said. “The postponement means that after the autopsy, the cause of death has not been determined and the medical examiner is requesting further investigation of the death, including additional studies. Once the tests/studies come back, the doctor re-evaluates the case and determines the cause of death. “
The process may take several weeks.
The manner and time of his death are pending determination by the coroner’s office. The police investigation also remains open.
Her cousin, Savannah Perlman, tweeted, “Lindsey was a passionate animal advocate and a talented actress. Please consider making a donation in her honor to (Sainte d’Or Foundation, an animal rescue and adoption center).
Frank Valentini, on EP General Hospitalshared his condolences on social media. Perlman had a multi-episode arc on the show in 2020.
Valentini tweeted, “Lindsey Pearlman was amazing on @GeneralHospital and we are saddened to hear of this tragedy. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
Pearlman was a native of Chicago and a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, according to her personal website. He was active in the Chicago theater community before moving to California to pursue on-camera work.
His theater credits included roles in Mousetrap And Never a bride for which she received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Leading Role. He also performed in the national tour of Second City Theatrical The Real Housewives: A Parody.
Updated Friday afternoon: Shortly after sending out a plea for the public’s help in finding missing TV actress Lindsay Perlman, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that she had been found dead.
According to the LAPD: “At 8:30 this morning, officers in the Hollywood area responded to a radio call for a death investigation at Franklin Avenue and North Sierra Bonita Avenue. The LA County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed the man as Lindsey Erin Perlman. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner. “
Franklin and North Sierra Bonita avenues are just south of Runyon Canyon Park, a popular hiking spot.
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Around 3 p.m., her cousin Savannah Perlman confirmed the news on Twitter to write, “Update: I am very sad to report that they found Lindsay, and it was too late. I don’t have any other information about the location or situation. “
The actress’ husband Vance Smith posted on Instagram, “The police found Lindsay. she is gone I’m broken.”
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Earlier on Friday morning: The LAPD is asking for the public’s help in locating an actress who went missing in the East Hollywood area on Sunday. Lindsay Perlman, 43, was last seen around noon on Feb. 13 in the 1600 block of North Mariposa Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
“Perlman failed to return home and has not been seen or heard from since,” police said in a statement. “Friends and family fear for his safety.”
Perlman is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with brown hair and eyes. It is unknown what she was wearing when she went missing.
In hopes of finding the actress more quickly, her cousin Savannah Perlman shared On Twitter, “Lindsey drives a dark silver 2015 Honda Fit. CA license plate #8ASD502″ and also said his phone was “last pinged on Sunset blvd.”
Lindsey Pearlman has repeated on General Hospital, Chicago JusticeBET+’s Mrs. Pat Show and, most recently, barbarianwhich streams on Urbanflix.
The Chicago native has also worked empire, Sick PeteThe clean up TV series and Selena: The Series.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call LAPD detectives at 213-996-1800; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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