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|Actor Lee Thompson Young of "Famous Jett Jackson," "Rizzoli & Isles," Found Dead at 29|
|Written by Lynn Elber|
|Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:40|
LOS ANGELES – Lee Thompson Young, who began his acting career as the teenage star of the Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson" and was featured in the film "Friday Night Lights" and the series "Rizzoli & Isles," was found dead on Monday, Aug. 19, police said. He was 29.
Coroner's officials confirmed Tuesday, Aug. 20, that Young committed suicide by shooting himself inside his North Hollywood apartment.
"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 at this very difficult time," Paul Baruch, Young's manager, said in a statement.
Young's body was found in his home by police after he failed to show up for work on TNT's crime drama "Rizzoli & Isles" LAPD Officer Sally Madera said. The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned and pronounced him dead at the scene, she said.
Production of the show has been suspended for the week. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that no suicide note was found, and a journal Young kept contained only mundane entries.
A search of his computer also turned up no clues as to why he would take his life, according to the TMZ, which reported that members of the actor's family have said he suffered from depression.
A law enforcement source told the New York Daily news that the suicide is "still a mystery."
"Evidently he was a clean-cut kid who didn't use alcohol and had no reported drug problem," the source said.
LAPD robbery-homicide detectives and the Los Angeles County coroner office were investigating because it is a highprofile death, she said. Madera had no details about the cause of death.
In the TNT series, Young played fledgling police Detective Barry Frost, who's computer savvy but squeamish. Earlier on Monday, the channel announced it was renewing the series that stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
"We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. ... 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," TNT, studio Warner Bros. and series producer Janet Tamaro said in a joint statement.
They sent condolences to his mother and other family members.
According to a biography from TNT, Young was inspired to pursue acting when, at age, 10, he played Martin Luther King Jr. in a play in Young's hometown of Columbia, S.C. In 1998, Young began starring in "The Famous Jett Jackson," playing a TV action hero who returns to his roots for a less high-profile life. The series ran until 2001.
Young followed it with roles in TV series, including "The Guardian," "Scrubs" and "Smallville" and in the films "Akeelah and the Bee" and "The Hills Have Eyes II." Young joined "Rizzoli & Isles" when it debuted in 2010.
"I'm the youngest member of the cast, so I really take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that I find myself surrounded by," Young said in a 2011 interview with the website Rolling Out.
Young, a graduate of University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, was an avid photographer, traveler and student of martial arts, according to his biography.
AP Writers Robert Jablon and Sandy Cohen, and City News Service contributed to this report.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:42|