Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who was the first African American and youngest actor to play Les Miserables Jean Valjean on Broadway, died on Friday after falling off his mother’s fire escape. He was 21 years old.
Jean-Baptiste made his Broadway debut on June 23 as an ensemble and an understudy to the role of Jean Valjean.
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, a recent Baldwin Wallace University graduate, said he didn’t always know he wanted to be an actor. He wrote on his website, “If you would of asked me what I wanted to be growing up I’d have said a cardiologist. I grew up in Brooklyn New York and had always sung, but never took it seriously.”