On Saturday, August 28, news surfaced that child actor Matthew Mindler had died at 19. No cause of death has been revealed so far.
Matthew was best known for starring alongside Paul Rudd in the 2011 Indie comedy Our Idiot Brother. The news of the actor’s passing was revealed by Millersville University in Pennsylvania, where he was a first-year student.
Many fans took to social media to post condolences after the heart-wrenching news broke.
Who is Matthew Mindler?
Matthew was an American actor whose acting credits included films like Our Idiot Brother (2011), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and most recently Chad: An American Boy (2016). He has also starred in TV shows such as As The World Turns, The Frequency and Solo.
Despite his impressive body of work, the 19-year-old was still best known for playing the role of River, the son of Liz (Emily Mortimer) and Dylan (Steve Coogan), in Our Idiot Brother.
In the film, River is a kid who is heavily controlled by his parents and is unable to express himself, as a result.
It seems like the child actor took a hiatus from acting in 2016, and decided to pursue his studies instead.
‘Our Idiot Brother’ star dead at 19
The Millersville University’s President took to its Instagram account and broke the news of the actor’s passing, with a post that read, “It is with a grieving heart that I let you know of the death of 19-year-old Matthew Mindler.”
The post goes on to reveal that a search had been underway since Thursday, August 27, after the former actor was found missing. The university police as well as the local law enforcement were looking for Matthew.
The child actor was found dead in the early hours of Saturday (August 28).
In the post, Daniel A. Wubah, the university president urged the students and local community to come together and support one another in this time of grief.
Prior to this, the uni’s Instagram account was updated on August 26, with a post reporting that Matthew had gone missing.
It was revealed that he had gone missing on Tuesday evening (August 24) and wasn’t returning the calls of his friends and family. The post also featured the last captured picture of Matthew, where he is seen walking from his residence hall.
As mentioned earlier, the officials have not disclosed the cause of death yet nor any foul play was suspected.
Fans react to child actor’s sudden death
Many fans were heartbroken after reports about the actor’s death surfaced.