"Halt and Catch Fire" Star Lisa Sheridan's Cause Of Death Revealed

By Maggie Ethridge 05/16/19

The 44-year-old actress passed away in February.

"Halt & Catch Fire" Star Lisa Sheridan

Halt and Catch Fire actress Lisa Sheridan died on February 25, 2019, and the autopsy report has revealed that her cause of death was chronic alcoholism.

Radar Online recently published the 44-year-old actress's autopsy report. Although the manner of her death was said to be "natural" in the report, it also stated that the actress had a “reported history of benzodiazepine abuse.”

Benzodiazepines are typically used to treat anxiety and are known to be extremely addictive.

Although no date was given, the report noted that Sheridan had a “remote brain injury” due to a fall. Her lungs were labeled “hyperinflated” and she had a cyst on her right ovary.

The mixture of benzos and alcohol is a particularly dangerous combination that can cause an overdose. Benzodiazepines sedate the pill taker through an increase in the brain neurotransmitter GABA. If taken with alcohol, this can slowly and ultimately stop breathing.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the amount of women overdosing on benzodiazepines has increased by a staggering 830% since 1999.

Sheridan’s manager, Mitch Clem, released a statement soon after the actress was found in her residence. “We all loved Lisa very much and are devastated by the loss we all feel. She passed away Monday morning, at home, in her apartment in New Orleans. We are waiting for a coroners [sic] report on cause of death.”

Baywatch actress Donna D’Errico, who worked with Sheridan on the 2015 film Only God, posted a Facebook tribute to the actress.

"I just received news that my dear friend, actress Lisa Sheridan, has passed away. She was found Monday morning. 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. Truly one of the most genuinely sweet and gentle people I’ve ever come across in my life...Everyone who knew her loved and adored her. Goodbye and goodnight sweet angel...I will miss you terribly."

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Maggie May Ethridge is the author of Atmospheric Disturbances: Scenes From a Marriage (Shebooks, 2014) and the recently completed novel, Agitate My Heart. She is a freelance writer published in Rolling Stone, VOX, Washington Post, The Guardian and many others. Find her at her blog Flux Capacitor or on LinkedIn or Twitter.