RIP: Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young was found dead from an apparent suicide in his Los Angeles apartment Monday. He was 29.
Police did not immediately disclose details or a cause of death, though Young’s manager, Jonathan Baruch, said in a statement that the actor committed suicide.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” the statement read. “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 rose to fame as the star of the Disney show “The Famous Jett Jackson,” which aired from 1998 to 2001. He went on to act in films including “Friday Night Lights” (as Chris Comer) and “Akeelah and the Bee” and appeared in TV shows including “Smallville,” “Scrubs” and “CSI: NY.”
He most recently was featured on the show “Rizzoli & Isles.”
“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. “We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. Source: ABC News