The mother of child actor Matthew Mindler has said he struggled with severe anxieties for years, but seemed to get used to it during his first week in college.
Mindler was pronounced dead on Saturday and the cause was labeled suicide by authorities in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
His mother Monica has now spoken out about her son’s death, saying Matthew suffered from ‘crippling anxiety’, according to TMZ on Tuesday.
“We appreciate the support, concern and outpouring of prayers from Millersville University, the students and the community,” added Monica Mindler. “My heart is crushed and my mind cannot yet fathom this reality.”
Sources at the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office confirmed to: TMZ on Monday that Mindler’s official cause of death at age 19 will be determined by toxicology tests.
Mindler, who appeared in the Paul Rudd film Our Idiot Brother in 2011, was a student at Millersville, Pennsylvania’s Millersville University.
Authorities in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania ruled that the death of one-time child actor Matthew Mindler was a suicide. His mother has told how he suffered from severe anxiety
Monica Mindler (pictured), Matthew’s mother, has now spoken out about her son’s death, saying Matthew suffered from “crippling anxiety,” TMZ reported on Tuesday
University officials had confirmed Mindler’s death on Saturday, saying he was found dead in nearby Manor Township. He was last seen on Tuesday and reported missing the following day.
His mother told the news station that he kept in constant contact with him during his early days at university, but that she lost contact with him on Tuesday night.
She said he’d been busy during his early days on campus and said he talked to 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 texted 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 in the search. He was found dead near campus on Saturday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of 19-year-old Matthew Mindler of Hellertown, Pennsylvania, a freshman at Millersville University,” the statement read. TMZ read.
“Matthew has been searched since Thursday after he was reported missing. Matthew was found dead this morning, Saturday, August 28, in Manor Township, near campus.’
Millersville University police said Mindler, a freshman, was last seen on campus Tuesday night after attending classes on Monday and Tuesday. He was reported missing the following night on Wednesday, after failing to return to his dormitory and skipping classes.
Millersville University police released a screenshot of security footage showing Mindler in a hallway at the West Villages residence on Tuesday night
Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a public university in Millersville, Pennsylvania
Police wrote in an Instagram post that Mindler was seen walking from the West Villages residence to the Centennial Driver parking lot around 8:11 p.m. Tuesday.
As seen 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.
The campus police filed a missing person report with the National Crime Information Center on Thursday.
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 IMDB page features eight acting credits in movies and TV shows. He is pictured in 2011 at the Los Angeles premiere of Our Idiot Brother
Mindler is depicted in a scene with Emily Mortimer, who played his mother in Our Idiot Brother
His biggest role to date was in Our Idiot Brother, which follows the character of Rudd, an idealistic farmer who turns the lives of his three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer, upside down.
Mindler portrayed Mortimer’s son, River.
Midler hasn’t acted since 2016, when he appeared in the TV movie Chad: An American Boy.
Millersville University president Daniel Wubah sent a letter to students about Mindler’s disappearance WGAL.
“Matt’s health and safety are paramount and I know our thoughts are with him, his family and friends,” Wubah wrote in part. “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.”
For confidential support in the UK, call Samaritans toll free on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
For confidential support in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.