Lee Thompson Young, star of Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson,” was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot Monday morning. His body was discovered in his L.A. apartment by police, and early reports point towards his death being a suicide. He was 29.
Young’s publicist later confirmed the actor’s death in a public 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. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time.
Police were notified of his disappearance after he failed to show up to the set of his current TNT show “Rizzoli and Isles.” TNT later released their own official statement:
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 offscreen, 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.
Young was also well known for his roles as Cyborg on “Smallville,” Chris Comer in “Friday Night Lights,” and Al Gough in the short-lived ABC series “Flashforward.”
While I didn’t watch “The Famous Jett Jackson” when I was younger, I remember seeing Young in several other shows that I watched like “Scrubs” and “Flashforward.” He always gave good performances, and while anyone’s death is sad, it’s especially heartbreaking when it’s someone so young. All I can say is rest in peace, Lee. You left this world too soon.