Former Disney Channel star Lee Thompson Young was found dead Monday in his home of an apparent suicide. The Rizzoli & Isles actor didnâ€™t show up to the set Monday morning, causing staffers to check on him. Â He was discovered by a landlord with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Young starred in the popular Disney Channel show, The Famous Jett Jackson, as a teenager trying to juggle a normal childhood with television fame. He also played in Disneyâ€™s Johnny Tsunami, the Friday Night Lights film, and numerous episodes of Smallville.
Jonathan Baruch, Youngâ€™s manager confirmed the suicide with a statement.
â€œIt 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.Â We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time,â€ Baruch said.
Young was 29-years-old.
His Rizzoli & Isles co-star Sharon Lawrence and Flash Forward co-star Gabrielle Union reacted on Twitter:
— Sharon Lawrence (@sharonlawrence) August 19, 2013
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 19, 2013