A former child actor has been found dead just outside of the Millersville University campus where he began attending his first year of college this year.
The body of Matthew Mindler was found near the campus in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 28th.
Police have ruled the former child actor’s death a suicide.
Mindler was known for his roles in “As the World Turns” and “Our Idiot Brother.”
The former child actor’s mother, Monica Mindler, has spoken out about her son’s suicide, asserting that he was suffering from “crippling anxiety.”
She had been planning to pick her son up at school on Friday, August 27th, to bring him home to relax.
Unfortunately, when Monica attempted to contact him about the plans, she could not get ahold of him because his phone was off.
“We appreciate the support, concern and outpouring of prayers from Millersville University, the students and the community,” she told TMZ. “My heart is crushed and my mind cannot yet fathom this reality.”
In a Facebook post, Millersville University President Daniel A. Wubah informed his students of Mindler’s death, writing:
“Dear Campus Community,
It is with a grieving heart that I let you know of the death of 19-year-old Matthew Mindler from Hellertown, Pennsylvania, a first-year student at Millersville University. Our thoughts of comfort and peace are with his friends and family during this difficult time.
A search had been underway for Matthew since Thursday, after he was reported missing. Millersville University Police and law enforcement agencies from the area had been searching for him since that time. Matthew was found deceased this morning, Saturday, August 28 in Manor Township near campus. Matthew was transported to the Lancaster County Forensic Center by the coroner for further investigation.
This is a time of grief for the family, our campus and the community. I ask that the campus community come together to support each other, and our students, during this difficult time.
Students in need of support are encouraged to contact the Millersville Counseling Center (717) 871-7821, chaplains within Campus Ministries, Health Services (717) 871-5250 and the Center for Health Education and Promotion (717) 871-4141. Employees impacted should contact the State Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-692-7459.”