Lee Thompson Young: Disney Actor Found Dead
The actor Lee Thompson Young has been found dead in his Hollywood home after an apparent suicide.
Police are yet to issue an official cause of death, however Young's manager Paul Baruch said the 29-year-old "tragically took his own life".
Young began his acting career as the teenage star of the Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson and featured in the film Friday Night Lights and the series Rizzoli & Isles.
His body was found by police on Monday morning after he failed to show up for work on Rizzoli & Isles, police officer Sally Madera said.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned and pronounced him dead at the scene.
"We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man," a joint statement released by TNT, studio Warner Bros and Rizzoli & Isles producer Janet Tamaro said.
"Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace."
They sent condolences to his mother and other family members.
In The Famous Jett Jackson, Young played a TV action hero who returns to his roots for a less high-profile life. The series ran from 1998 until 2001.
Young followed the show 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.
He 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, traveller and student of martial arts.
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