The cause of General Hospital star Lindsey Pearlman’s death is now clear

The following article contains mentions of suicide.

Six months after her tragic death, Lindsey Perlman’s cause of death has finally been revealed.

The “General Hospital” actor was found dead in a car near Hollywood’s Runyon Canyon Park on February 18. She had gone missing a few days earlier and authorities went on a quest to find her. On the morning of the 18th, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement confirming her death. “Around 8:30 a.m. today, Hollywood-area officials responded to a radio call for a death investigation at Franklin Avenue and North Sierra Bonita Avenue,” they said at the time, per CNN, later confirming the person was Pearlman.

Pearlman’s autopsy was completed days after she was found dead, but the cause and manner of her death have been largely classified. Spokesperson Sarah Ardalani told the New York Post that further investigations were being conducted. “The coroner is requesting further inquiries into the death, including additional studies,” Ardalani wrote in an email. “Once the tests/studies come back, the doctor will re-evaluate the case and determine the cause of death.” Now it appears the additional investigation phase has ended as the coroner released another statement.

Lindsey Pearlman died by suicide

Nearly six months after she was discovered by authorities, the Los Angeles County Coroner has announced the cause of death. The “Chicago Justice” actor reportedly died of sodium nitrite toxicity in a death that’s now ruled a suicide, according to People. A report obtained by the outlet showed that the coroner found “non-toxic levels of lorazepam, metoclopramide and codeine” in their system.

Pearlman’s death is part of a rising number of deaths from intentional sodium nitrite poisoning in recent months, according to The Daily Beast. In case you don’t know, it’s a food preservative typically used to preserve meat and can be fatal if consumed in excess. Authorities are apparently trying to make it less accessible as it can be easily bought on online marketplaces like Amazon.

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In February, Pearlman’s cousin Savannah took over Twitter at the request of Pearlman’s sister to share the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. “Please know that you are never truly alone,” she wrote.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).