He was found dead three days after local authorities reported that he was missing.
Child actor Matthew Mindler was found dead on Saturday at the age of 19, just three days after he was reported missing in Pennsylvania, United States.
Local police reported that Mindler was last seen leaving his dorm on the Millersville University campus at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, that he went to classes on Monday and Tuesday, but had not returned on Wednesday. His disappearance was reported late on Wednesday.
The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said it was a suicide, although the exact cause of the death of the former child star is still pending the results of toxicological tests, TMZ reported Tuesday.
And this Saturday the University of Millersville released the devastating news in an announcement to its students. “It is with a heavy heart that I let you know of the death of Matthew Mindler, 19, of Hellertown, Pennsylvania, a freshman at Millersville University. He was found dead this morning in Manor Township, near campus, and was transported to the Lancaster County Forensic Center for further investigation, ”the institution reported.
The actor’s mother spoke to TMZ and related that her son struggled with serious anxiety issues for years, but she never suspected that he would make that drastic decision as she was convinced that he was enjoying his first week in college.
Monica Mindler said the former actor moved to the Millersville University campus on August 19 and things seemed to be going very well until he disappeared without a trace.
The woman told TMZ that her son kept in constant contact with her during his early days on campus and that he was very busy planning projects. And she also said that her son told him that he met with a university advisor to discuss the creation of a programming/computer club on campus, that he had a job interview with the institution’s IT department, and that he was making friends.
Matthew never returned to his dorm Tuesday night, was reported missing Wednesday, and found dead Saturday near campus. The coroner’s office determined that he committed suicide.
Before his retirement from acting in 2016, Matthew Mindler had entered the world of film and television as a 7-year-old boy with his participation in an episode of the series “As the World Turns” in 2009.
Then, in 2011, he rose to fame by being part of the film “Our idiot brother,” starring renowned stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. There he played River, a nephew of Rudd’s character who was very controlled by his parents and therefore unable to express himself.
And in 2016 he appeared in the television movie “Chad: an American boy”, his latest contribution to the entertainment industry, according to the IMDB portal .
“Our thoughts of comfort and peace are with his friends and family during this difficult time,” said the statement from the University of Millersville that reported his death this Saturday.