Actress Lisa Sheridan’s Cause of Death Is Revealed, Reports Say

May 12, 2019 Updated: May 12, 2019

“Halt and Catch Fire” and “CSI” actress Lisa Sheridan died in her home in New Orleans, according to reports earlier this year. Over the weekend, it was reported that her cause of death was “natural,” adding that she succumbed to “complications of chronic alcoholism.”

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed to People magazine on May 10 that her death was not a suicide as was previously reported. She was 44.

In the autopsy report, obtained by gossip website Radar Online, it’s said that Sheridan had a “reported history of benzodiazepine abuse.” The pills used for problems with anxiety and insomnia, according to the Mayo Clinic’s definition.

Sheridan also suffered a “remote brain injury” after a fall.  The report noted that she had “hyperinflated” lungs.

Her manager, Mitch Clem, confirmed the actress’s death to People magazine at the time, saying she didn’t kill herself.

“We all loved Lisa very much and are devastated by the loss we all feel,” Clem told the magazine.

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She called me Big Brother, and for all intents and purposes I was. I met Lisa when she was fourteen years old, over thirty years ago. We were immediately attached at the hip, true soulmates from minute one. For the rest of the days of her life, she was a central part of mine. She was beautiful, obviously, and an immensely talented actor, and a wonderful friend, but more than anything she really did radiate this impossibly bright energy and life. Even in her dark moments. And she had plenty of those, especially over the last few years. During these later years she took to telling me, “You’re the greatest big brother a girl could ever have.” It was how we ended each conversation. I treasured it then, and I treasure it even more now knowing I’ll never hear it again, this side of the river. So good night, my sweet little sister. No one will ever again be to me what you were, and are. I’m trying to take comfort in knowing your struggles and pain and grief are “at last, and last behind you.” I love you with all my heart, yesterday, today, and forever. Sorry that I can’t write more; it’s just still too painful.

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“Sheridan died on the morning of Feb. 25 “at home” and “in her apartment in New Orleans,” he also said.

“We are waiting for a coroner’s report on cause of death,” he said.

He continued: “The family has unequivocally confirmed that this is not a suicide. Any suggestion to the contrary is absolutely, 100 percent unfounded.”

According to Variety, Sheridan went to Carnegie Mellon School in Pittsburgh and had more than 30 television credits in her career.

She appeared in “The Mentalist,” “The 4400,” “Without a Trace,” and “Diagnosis: Murder.”

Donna D’Errico, her co-star on “Only God Can,” confirmed her death on Facebook.

“I am sitting here stunned. Lisa and I filmed a movie together 5 years ago and became very close on set and remained close friends after filming ended. It’s so rare to find kind, gentle souls like hers in this industry, this city…even this world,” D’Errico had written on Facebook.

Describing Sheridan as “genuinely sweet and gentle,” D’Errico said she “brought a sweetness and bright energy to any room she happened to walk into…even in her darker times.”

She included a photo of the two together.

“I had just spoken with her and everything seemed great and she seemed happy and in good spirits. Everyone who knew her loved and adored her. Goodbye and goodnight sweet angel…I will miss you terribly. Please send up prayers for her family,” the actress wrote.

Other details about her death were not revealed.

The actress was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1974. She attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh.