It’s a sad day in Hollywood.
Lee Thompson Young, who played the main character on Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson and currently starred on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, took his own life and was found dead this morning.
His rep confirmed the sad news.
TNT, Warner Bros. and Rizzoli & Isles executive producer Janet Tamaro issued a statement to Life & Style about his death.
“Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and offscreen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”
TMZ was first to report Lee’s death. According to the outlet, the 29-year-old’s body was “discovered with a gunshot wound that appears to be self-inflicted.”
Sources tell TMZ that when he didn’t show up to film the TNT show, staffers called the landlord of his home to check on him. The landlord apparently found his body.
After finding success on Disney in the late 1990s, he starred as Chris Comer in the 2004 movie Friday Night Lights.
Lee also starred as an FBI Agent on the short-lived ABC drama FlashForward. Ironically, he was written off the show in the seventh episode after his character committed suicide.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
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