Former Disney Star Lee Thompson Young Commits Suicide

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    UPDATED 8/19/13, 10:51 p.m. EST: According to police investigators, Young did not leave a suicide note.


    UPDATED 8/19/13, 4:51 p.m. EST: Executive Producer of “Rizzoli & Isles” Janet Tamaro says that the show’s cast is “devastated” by Lee Thompson Young’s suicide:

    “We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. 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. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.


    UPDATED 8/19/13, 3:02 p.m. EST: Lee Thompson Young‘s publicist, Lori Jonas, has reportedly confirmed that Young did indeed take his own life, according to TMZ, and released the following 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.”

    Watch news coverage of Lee Thompson Young’s suicide here:

    Young would continue to have steady acting work until 2004, when he would star in “Friday Night Lights,” alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Derek Luke, among others.

    On “Rizzoli,” Young played “Detective Barry Frost.”

    At the time of his untimely death, Young was only 29 years old.

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