Lee Thompson Young, a regular on TNT's "Rizzoli and Isles" and former star of the series "The Famous Jett Jackson," has taken his own life at the age of 29. Young's manager announced the sad news on Monday.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," Jonathan Baruch said in a statement. "Lee was more than a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed."
Children of the '90s and their parents may recognize Young from his role as Jett Jackson on the Disney Channel's young adult series, "The Famous Jett Jackson," which ran from 1998 to 2001. Since then, Young appeared in several films and shows, including "Smallville," "Scrubs" and the 2004 film "Friday Night Lights." Most recently, Young played Detective Barry Frost on TNT's crime drama "Rizzoli & Isles."
Young's body was found Monday morning in his Los Angeles apartment after he failed to show up to work on the set of "Rizzoli & Isles."
TNT, Warner Bros. and Janet Tamaro, the Executive Producer of "Rizzoli & Isles," released a joint statement concerning Young's passing.
"Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. 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."
According to some reports, production on the set of the crime drama has been temporarily shut down, and questions linger about when shooting will resume as the cast and crew deal with Young's death and its impact on the show.