Sad and shocking news as Star of CSI series and The 4400, dies aged 44

Actress Lisa Sheridan had an extensive portfolio of work including the CSI series

Actress Lisa Sheridan, who appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The 4400, among countless other US television series, has died aged 44.

Lisa’s passing was confirmed by her manager Mitch Clem, who denied the actress had taken her own life.

Speaking to People.com, Mitch said: “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 report on cause of death.”

There had been rumours about how Lisa had died but Mitch clarified: “The family has unequivocally confirmed that this is not a suicide.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is absolutely, 100 per cent unfounded.”

There was shock among her friends as the news spread and Baywatch actress Donna D’Errico shared a glowing tribute to Lisa, who she starred with in the 2015 film Only God Can.

Writing on Facebook , Donna shared: “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.”

Donna continued, “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.

“She brought a sweetness and bright energy to any room she happened to walk into…even in her darker times.”

“I am devastated by this loss. 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.”

Another to share their thoughts on the loss of Lisa Sheridan was filmmaker Michael Dunaway.

He also paid tribute in a Facebook post: “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.”

Michael believed that Lisa had had a difficult few years and that she had ‘struggled to cope’ during that time.

He continued: “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.”

Lisa had previously been engaged to actor Ron Livingston in the early 2000s but they never married.

Her body of work, mostly on US television, also included Invasion, Journeyman and The Mentalist, among others.