Lee Thompson Young, Former Disney Star, Dead In Possible Suicide At 29
Lee Thompson Young, a former Disney star who was currently starring on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, was found dead after an apparent suicide attempt on Monday. He was 29.
Young didn’t show up for work on Monday morning on the Rizzoli & Isles set, which prompted staffers on the show to contact the actor’s landlord. When the landlord of the L.A. apartment complex opened the door to Young’s residence, he discovered his body, reported TMZ. The late actor appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost in 'Rizzoli & Isles'
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," Young’s manager Jonathan Baruch said in a statement. “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.”
Lee Thomson Young in Disney's 'The Famous Jett Jackson'
Young got his break in 1998 playing the title role in The Famous Jett Jackson on the Disney channel. Following his success on the program, he landed the role of Chris Comer in 2004’s Friday Night Lights movie. He went on to appear in a number of TV shows, including, Scrubs, FlashForward and Smallville. On Rizzoli and Isles, Young played Detective Barry Frost.
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