Child star Matthew Mindler, 19, committed suicide by buying sodium nitrate he bought for $15 on Amazon
Child actor Matthew Mindler killed himself with sodium nitrate he bought on Amazon during his first days in college, according to his devastated mother.
On Thursday, toxicology tests from the Lancaster County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that 19-year-old Mindler’s death was suicide from sodium nitrate toxicity.
In August, he bought the substance for $15 on Amazon and died of extremely low blood pressure and lack of oxygen in the body. TMZ.
Sodium nitrate-related deaths are often accidental because the compound is often used to preserve meats, but Mindler’s mother said that based on undisclosed evidence her late son left behind, the overdose was intentional.
Mindler’s grieving mother Monica Mindler told TMZ that her son’s recent internet search history revealed that he was looking for ways to end his life painlessly.
Matthew Mindler (pictured), 19, committed suicide with sodium nitrate he bought on Amazon for $15. Lancaster County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Mindler’s death was suicide from sodium nitrate poisoning
The child actor was last seen on security footage (pictured) walking from the West Villages residence to the Centennial Driver’s parking lot around 8:11 p.m.
Although she noted that she knew her son suffered from “crippling anxiety,” she had no idea that suicide was something he had researched.
Mindler, of Hellertown, Pennsylvania, was found dead on Aug. 28 in Manor Township — near Millersville University, where he was a student — after being reported missing four days earlier.
According to Millersville University Police, Mindler, a freshman, was last seen on campus Tuesday night after attending classes on Monday and Tuesday. He was seen on security footage around 8:11 p.m. Tuesday as he walked from the West Villages residence to the Centennial Driver parking lot.
As shown in a screenshot from a security video, the student was wearing a white Millersville University hooded sweatshirt with black stripes on the arm, a black facemask, dark-colored jeans and sneakers. He was carrying a black backpack.
He was reported missing the following night on Wednesday, after failing to return to his dormitory and skipping classes.
The campus police reported the missing person to the National Crime Information Center on Thursday.
His mother told TMZ that he kept in constant contact with him during his early days in college, but she lost contact with him on Tuesday night.
Mindler died by suicide in his early days as a freshman at Millersville University in Pennsylvania (pictured)
Mindler’s grieving mother Monica Mindler said she knew her son had “crippling anxiety,” but didn’t realize the magnitude. She said that during his first days on campus, he met with an advisor about starting a computer programming club on campus and also had an upcoming job interview with the IT department.
She said he had been busy during his early days on campus and said he met with a consultant about starting a computer programming club on campus.
He also had an upcoming job interview with the IT department, Monica told TMZ, saying he was making friends.
The couple last exchanged texts on Thursday, she said, telling him she would pick him up Friday so he could be home for a few days to relax.
But when she texted him Wednesday morning, the messages went through as text messages instead of iMessages, suggesting that his phone was either turned off or unreachable.
When she began to worry about her son, Monica told the news channel that she contacted the university for a health check and spoke with his roommate on Wednesday. She was told that no one had seen her son and that people were concerned.
On Thursday, she drove to campus and called in the police for the search. He was found dead near campus on Saturday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that 19-year-old Matthew Mindler of Hellertown, Pennsylvania, a freshman at Millersville University has passed away,” the statement said.
Millersville University president Daniel Wubah sent a letter to students about Mindler’s disappearance.
“Matt’s health and safety are paramount and I know our thoughts are with him, his family and friends,” Wubah said.
“Our police continue to work to locate Matt in conjunction with regional law enforcement agencies. They follow all directions and appreciate your attention to this effort.”
Mindler’s IMDB page lists eight acting credits in movies and TV shows, including in the 2013 short Frequency – directed by his older brother, cinematographer Derek Mindler.
Mindler’s (pictured left and right with Paul Rudd) IMDB page lists eight acting credits in movies and TV shows, but he hasn’t acted since 2016
Mindler (depicted in a scene with Emily Mortimer) played Mortimer’s son River in Our Idiot Brother
His biggest role to date was in Our Idiot Brother, which followed the character of Rudd, an idealistic farmer who turns the lives of his three sisters upside down – played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer.
Mindler portrayed Mortimer’s son, River.
Midler hasn’t acted since 2016, when he appeared in the TV movie Chad: An American Boy.
For confidential support in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
For confidential support in the UK, call Samaritans toll free on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.