• Pearlman, 43, appeared in General Hospital and Chicago Justice
  • Los Angeles police said Pearlman had failed to return home

Lindsey Pearlman, an actor known for television series including General Hospital and Chicago Justice, was found dead in Hollywood several days after going missing, authorities and her husband said. She was 43.

“Today around 8.30am, Hollywood area officers responded to a radio call for a death investigation at Franklin Avenue and North Sierra Bonita Avenue,” Los Angeles police said on Friday.

“The LA county coroner’s office has since confirmed the individual to be Lindsey Erin Pearlman. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner.”

Her husband, Vance Smith, said on Instagram: “The police found Lindsey. She’s gone. I’m broken. I will share more later, but I wanted to thank you to everyone for their love and efforts and ask you to respect the privacy of her family at this time.”

In a 16 February missing person advisory, LA police said Pearlman was reported missing after she “failed to return home and has not been seen or heard from since”. The department also said “friends and family fear for her safety”.

Police said Pearlman was last seen at about noon on 13 February. Smith said that was incorrect, and she was last seen at about 9pm on 15 February.

A graduate of the Second City Conservatory, Pearlman moved from Chicago to LA after landing a recurring role on Chicago Justice, made by NBC, and in order to pursue more on-camera work, according to her website.

The “about” page on the website describes her personality in good-humored fashion and lists her many roles.

“Lindsey loves 90s R&B. She is an activist for animals and humans,” the page says. “Her bat mitzvah bash is still the standard to which she holds all parties. Lindsey’s bladder is tiny, so remind her to pee before the movie starts please.”

Pearlman was also an improviser and made numerous stage appearances in Chicago. For seven years, she performed in a touring show called Sex Signals, “which uses comedy to broach the difficult topic of sexual assault awareness at military bases and college campuses”.

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