Lee Thompson Young, former 'Jett Jackson' star, dies at 29
Lee Thompson Young was found dead at age 29 on Monday, Aug. 19.
The actor, who was the former star of the Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson" and co-starred on the TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles," was found dead in his North Hollywood apartment at 9:15 a.m. on Monday by a co-worker who went to check in on him, the Los Angeles Police Department told KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company. Young had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, police said. TMZ was first to report on the actor's death.
Young's manager, Jonathan Baruch, told The Associated Press and Variety in statement that Young took his own life.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," Baruch told Variety. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time."
Young is likely best known for his playing the lead role on the Disney series "The Famous Jett Jackson," which aired from 1998 to 2001. His other credits include "FlashForward," "Smallville" and the film "Friday Night Lights." On "Rizzoli & Isles" Young played Detective Barold "Barry" Frost. He had been on the show since its debut in 2010.
"Everyone at 'Rizzoli & Isles' is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young," TNT, Warner Bros. and "Rizzoli & Isles" Executive Producer Janet Tamaro said in a statement Monday. "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."