We have heartbreaking news this afternoon. Actor Lee Thompson Young died from an apparent suicide, according to TMZ. He was 29 years old. When Young had failed to report to work on the set of Rizzoli & Isles this morning, staffers called the landlord of his home in Los Angeles. Police say Young was found dead in his apartment. They did not disclose any other details about his death. However, Young's publicist released a statement, saying, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning ... Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed."
This is terribly sad news. Young's career included his breakout role starring in the 1990s Disney show The Famous Jett Jackson, followed by a role of running back Chris Comer in the 2004 movie Friday Night Lights. He had roles in The Guardian, Scrubs, Smallville, Akeelah and the Bee, and FlashForward. His current TV series, Rizzoli & Isles, airs on TNT. He plays Detective Barry Frost opposite Angie Harmon.
Lee got his start in acting at the age of 10, when he played a young Dr. Martin Luther King in the play A Night of Stars and Dreams. Young studies martial arts throughout his life and was an active supporter of the Children's Defense Fund.
Details on this story are still developing. Our condolences to Young's family.
Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.
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