According to TMZ, Lee Thompson Young the ex-Disney star has been found dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound. He was 29 year-old.
The young actor, who was best known for his portrayal of the title character on Disney’s television series The Famous Jett Jackson, was working on the TNT Network’s police series Rizzoli & Isles as Boston detective Barry Frost and he did not show up for work on Monday.
His co-workers on the TNT series rang Young’s landlord to check on him. The landlord found the actor dead in his Los Angeles home. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department did confirm Lee’s death with TheWrap. She said that police officers attended Young’s residence sometime after eight in the morning and found him dead.
Sources have told TMZ that the landlord found Young’s body when opening the door to his home and he appeared to have a gunshot wound that had been self-inflicted. At 11:40 a.m. PT, TMZ reported that Lee’s publicist confirmed that the young actor had killed himself.
In the update from TMZ, it was confirmed that Lee Thompson Young, the ex-Disney star found dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound had taken his own life.
The publicist said in the statement, “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.”
Young was born on February 1, 1984 in Columbia, South Carolina. When he was ten years-old he played Martin Luther King in a stage play called A Night of Stars and Dreams by Dwight Woods. It was after this performance that Young decided that he would be an actor.
He travelled to New York in 1996, got an agent and in 1997 he auditioned for the part of Jett Jackson in The Famous Jett Jackson. After getting the role, he worked on the pilot and found out in 1998 that the show had been optioned by The Disney Channel.
Lee worked steadily from that point on. The news that Lee Thompson Young, the young ex-Disney Star has been found dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound has stunned the Hollywood community. No further details of Young’s have been released at this time.
By Michael Smith