'General Hospital' actor Lindsey Pearlman found dead after going missing
American television actor Lindsey Erin Pearlman, who appeared on shows like General Hospital and American Housewife, was found dead on Friday, days after she went missing in Los Angeles. She was 43. According to the LA Police Department (LAPD), Pearlman was discovered near the entrance to a popular hiking and dog-walking spot in the Hollywood Hills called Runyon Canyon Park. An investigation is underway.
In a press statement released on February 16, the LAPD said the Chicago Justice actor was last seen around noon on February 13. But Pearlman's husband, Vance Smith, disagreed with this on Instagram, claiming she was last spotted at about 9:00pm on February 15. He had also taken to Instagram to mourn the loss of his wife but later went private on the platform.
While the police have revealed no information about how the body was found or what had happened to Pearlman, they were reportedly waiting for an autopsy to be scheduled on Saturday. Pearlman's cousin, Savannah, who had been posting updates about the actor's disappearance for a while also confirmed her death on Twitter. Savannah further shared a suicide hotline, apparently on behalf of Pearlman's sister.
Please know that you are never truly alone. Lindsey's sister has asked that we share the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.— Savannah Pearlman (@Savannah__P) February 19, 2022
Thank you. #LindseyPearlman
Hailing from Chicago, Pearlman had moved to LA after securing a recurring role in NBC's Chicago Justice (2017), as per her website. While most reports say Pearlman was married to actor-producer Smith, New York Post quoted the late actor's neighbors to state she had moved houses following her divorce with Smith in October 2020 and was "looking for a new start."
As the case is being investigated, several television colleagues of Pearlman paid tribute to the late actor online. Actor Danielle Pinnock, who worked with Pearlman in their early days in Chicago, wrote, "Just talked to her two weeks ago. It feels surreal that she is gone." "Our hearts go out to her family and friends," tweeted executive producer of General Hospital, Frank Valentini.
This is how I will remember Lindsey Pearlman. Effortlessly beautiful and talented. Hilarious. Compassionate. Unapologetic. She lit up every room. She listened intently on stage and off. She so loved animals. I am sorry to her family and all the communities who deeply adored her. pic.twitter.com/iypa3ChBB5— Lynn Chen 陳凌 (@MsLynnChen) February 19, 2022