Empire actress Lindsey Pearlman found dead after missing for days, LAPD confirms


Lindsey Pearlman

Janna Giacoppo

Actress Lindsey Pearlman has been found dead, less than three days after her disappearance. She was 43 years old.

the Empire alum was discovered Friday morning near the entrance to Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Pearlman’s body was found inside a vehicle near the hiking trails, NBC News reports.

The LA County Coroner’s Office later identified the body as the former general hospital actress, according to the LAPD. A cause of death has not been released.

Lindsey Pearlman

Lindsey Pearlman

Janna Giacoppo

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Pearlman was last seen in Los Angeles around 9 p.m. local time on Tuesday, according to friends and family.

Thusday, Savannah PearlmanLindsey’s cousin, said in a tweet that the Chicago Justice the actress’ phone was last sent to Sunset Blvd. – just 1.5 miles from where his body lay near the intersection of Franklin Ave. and North Sierra Bonita Ave.

It is unclear if Lindsey was found in the dark silver 2015 Honda Fit that Savannah describe like the actress’ car.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Lindsey Pearlman today,” her rep, Michael Chiaverini, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “The family have asked for privacy during this difficult time as they process and grieve.”

Lindsey Pearlman

Lindsey Pearlman


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Lindsey’s husband, Vance Smith, also confirmed his wife’s death on Instagram. “Police found Lindsey. She’s gone,” he wrote Friday afternoon, adding, “I’m broken.”

In a tweet posted on SaturdaySavannah said Lindsey’s sister asked her to share the phone number for the National Suicide Hotline.

“Please know that you are never truly alone,” she wrote on Twitter.

Lindsey has appeared on various shows throughout her career, from The Mrs. Pat Show on BET+ and Vicious on Urbanflix for American housewife on ABC and Selena: the series on Netflix, by IMDb.

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Dynasty Star Elaine Hendrix was among the stars who tried to help locate Lindsey after she disappeared. On Friday, the 51-year-old actress thanked “everyone who shared Lindsey’s missing person report” in a tweet referring to the death of his friend.

“I am deeply saddened and stunned to report that she has been found deceased,” Hendrix wrote, before adding, “Please send her the love of her family and friends. 💔 .”

general hospital Executive producer Frank Valentini praised Lindsey’s work on the soap opera in his own tweet. “Lindsey Pearlman has been amazing on @GeneralHospital and we are saddened to learn of this tragedy, he said. wrote Friday. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends. #GH.”

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Former soap opera star Lynn Chen paid tribute to his friend Saturday morning on Twitter, alongside a photo of the animal-loving actress sitting on the floor petting a dog and a cat.

“This is how I will remember Lindsey Pearlman. Simply beautiful and talented. Hilarious. Compassionate. Shameless,” Chen, 45, wrote. “She lit up every room. She listened intently on and off stage. She loved animals so much.”

The actress added, “I feel sorry for her family and all the communities who adored her deeply.”

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Phantom Star Danielle Pinnock also mourned Lindsey’s death in a tweet honoring the Chicago native and her trip to Hollywood. The 33-year-old star said she spoke to Lindsey two weeks ago.

“I have met the most talented people of all time in Chi,” Pinnock wrote on Saturday. She described Lindsey as “hilarious, goofy, gorgeous and ridiculously talented AF”.

“It’s surreal that she’s gone,” Pinnock added.

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Donations in Lindsey’s honor can be made to Santé D’Or, a volunteer-run animal rescue and adoption center serving the greater Los Angeles area, according to her family and representative.

Savanna said in a tweet Friday that his cousin “was a fierce animal advocate”.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to on suicidepreventionlifeline.org.


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