Actress Lindsey Pearlman of “Empire” had committed suicide
After an examination, the cause of Lindsey Pearlman’s death was determined.
According to a report, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has deemed the “Empire” actress’s death a suicide caused by sodium nitrite intoxication.
Lorazepam, metoclopramide, and codeine were detected in her system, but at “non-toxic levels,” according to the study.
Pearlman, who played Patti Sharp on the Fox musical drama, disappeared on February 16 and was discovered dead in a car near the entrance to Los Angeles’ Runyon Canyon Park on February 18. She was 43 year old
A representative for the coroner told additional testing was needed after an initial autopsy yielded inconclusive results.
Pearlman’s husband Vance Smith described himself as “broken” after the cops discovered her death.
Smith said of her in an Instagram post that has since been deleted,“She’s gone, I’m broken.”
Lindsey was found “too late to be saved,” Pearlman’s cousin Savannah Pearlman said on Twitter, adding that she was “deeply sad” about her aunt’s death.
The actress and animal rights activist had a recurring part on ABC’s “General Hospital,” and her representative stated her family did not want to comment on her passing in the media.
“We are deeply saddened by Lindsey Pearlman’s passing today,” the statement read. “The family has asked for privacy during this difficult time while they process and grieve.”