Missing actress Lindsey Pearlman found dead


An autopsy is pending to determine more about the death of actress Lindsey Pearlman, who had been missing since Sunday.

The body of the 43-year-old actress, whose credits included roles on “General Hospital,” “Empire,”  and “Chicago Justice,” was found by Los Angeles police at around 8:30 a.m. Friday near Runyon Canyon Park.

She was last been seen at about noon Sunday on the 1600 block of North Mariposa Avenue in East Hollywood and had been reported missing. Police Friday asked for the public’s help in finding Pearlman before her body was identified.

“The police found Lindsey,” Pearlman’s husband, Vance Smith, wrote in a statement on Instagram Friday. “She’s gone. I’m broken. 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.”

Her cousin, Savannah Pearlman, also shared the news on Twitter after earlier reporting that she was missing.

“I’m deeply sad to report that they have found Lindsey, and it was too late,” Savannah Pearlman tweeted. “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 (the Santé D’Or Foundation, http://www.santedor.org, an animal rescue and adoption center) in her honor.”


Frank Valentini, one of the producers of General Hospital, was among those who shared their condolences on social media. Pearlman had appeared on the show in 2020.

“Lindsey Pearlman was terrific on @GeneralHospital and we are saddened to hear of this tragedy,” Valentini tweeted. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends.”

On Friday the Los Angeles Police Department sought public assistance, noting “Pearlman failed to return home and has not been seen or heard from since. Friends and family fear for her safety.”

LAPD units were called at about 8:30 a.m. Friday to the area of Franklin Avenue and North Sierra Bonita Avenue, just south of Runyon Canyon Park in the Hollywood Hills West neighborhood, for a death investigation.

“The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed the individual to be Lindsey Erin Pearlman,” police said.

Her manner and time of death is pending determination by the coroner’s office. The police investigation also remains open.

Pearlman was a native of Chicago and a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, according to her personal website. She had been active in the Chicago theater community before relocating to California to pursue on-camera work.

Her theater credits included roles in “The Mousetrap” and “Never the Bridesmaid” for which she received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role. She also performed in Second City Theatrical’s national tour of “The Realish Housewives: A Parody.”

Her other television credits include roles in “Selena: The Series,” “The Ms. Pat Show,” “Sneaky Pete,” “American Housewife,” and “Vicious.” Pearlman also appeared in dozens of commercials for companies including Coors Light, T-Mobile and Sears.

Anyone with information about her death was urged to call LAPD detectives at 213-996-1800; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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Cindy Hawkins-Legorreta

My condolences to Ms. Pearlman’s dear ones and friends. If she did not return home and was in the habit of keeping a certain routine, that already raises questions. It sounds as if police feel the same way, and have begun to look into this.

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