Some heartbreaking news has just been reported by TMZ: actor Lee Thompson Young has been found dead after an alleged suicide. He was 29 years old.
According to TMZ, sources revealed that Young’s body was discovered with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found by his landlord, after not showing up for work today on the set of TNT’s drama ‘Rizzoli & Isles.’
Further details have not been released.
Before making a name for himself as Detective Barry Frost alongside Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander on ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ Young was known as Jett Jackson on Disney’s ‘The Famous Jett Jackson.’ Young even wrote an episode of 'The Famous Jett Jackson,' proving his wit and talents behind the camera, as well.
From that moment on, Young stole hearts as one of Disney’s top stars. Soon after the series ended, he moved on to other projects, including the 2004 movie ‘Friday Night Lights,’ but the small screen seemed to be what tugged at his acting talents. He was known for recurring on ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Smallville,’ in addition to starring on the short-lived ABC drama ‘FlashForward.’
Young knew he wanted to act since childhood; at age ten, he portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in a school play entitled 'A Night of Stars and Dreams.' Young moved to New York City in order to pursue his dream...one that he achieved, by all accounts. This promising career of this impressive talent has been tragically cut all too short.
We’ll be sure to update you on any upcoming story developments.
UPDATE: Young's publicist released the following statement to TMZ, “It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning ... Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed.”