Chicago mourns the death of actress Lindsey Pearlman

Lindsey Pearlman

Chicago friends, family and co-workers were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of actress Lindsey Pearlman last week when she was found deceased in her car near a popular Los Angeles hiking trail.

Lindsey was just 43 years old and had been reported missing a few days prior to the heartbreaking discovery. Full story reported on Reel 360.

Lindsey was one of Chicago’s own. A graduate of The Second City Conservatory, Lindsey was a recipient of the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role, for her work in the play Never the Bridesmaid. Lindsey had recently moved to Los Angeles, after appearing in 5 episodes of Chicago Justice and Empire. More recently, she had appeared on series such as Sneaky Pete, The Purge, Selena: The Series, and General Hospital.

Lindsey played Medical Examiner Joy Fletcher in One Chicago’s series Chicago Justice. Jon Seda played Antonio Dawson, former second-in-command of the CPD Intelligence Unit on Chicago PD, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Justice. The two shared multiple scenes together throughout the first (and only) season of the show. 

Seda took to Twitter to honor Pearlman and shared a heartfelt message to his former co-star and frequent scene partner on Chicago Justice.

“Lindsey was so talented and an absolute dream to work with, so saddened by her loss. She was by far one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. May her loved ones and those who loved her best find the comfort they need.”

Lindsey was found deceased in her car surrounded by pills and it has now been assumed that she died by suicide. The official cause of death has been deferred pending further investigation, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Her cousin, Savannah Pearlman, posted a tweet Saturday on behalf of the actress’s sister, Marni Pearlman ‘Please know that you are never truly alone,’ she tweeted. ‘Lindsey’s sister has asked that we share the National Suicide Hotline:

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