Matthew Mindler, ‘Our Idiot Brother’ Star, Dies at 19

Matthew Mindler, ‘Our Idiot Brother’ Star, Dies at 19

The 19-year-old former child star was attending Millersville University, where he was reported missing on Thursday, Aug. 26.

Matthew Mindler, who is best known for his role in Our Idiot Brother, has died at the age of 19, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The former child star was first reported missing by local authorities and Millersville University, where he was enrolled as a freshman, on Thursday, Aug. 26. In a letter to the student body obtained by THR, the university confirmed that Mindler had been found dead.


“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,” the email states.

“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,” the statement from university president Daniel A. Wubah continued. “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.”

According to the statement, Mindler was found on Saturday morning in Manor Township near campus before being transported to the Lancaster County Forensic Center by the coroner for a further investigation. Both local law enforcement agencies and university police had been searching for the 19-year-old since late last week, with calls for assistance in locating his whereabouts shared to social media.

Mindler was best known for appearing in the 2011 film Our Idiot Brother alongside Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. Additional credits include an episode of As the World Turns and the short film Frequency with his most recent credit in the 2016 TV movie: Chad: An American Boy.

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