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Disney Star Lee Thompson Young of ‘The Famous Jett Jackson’ Found Dead

Lee Thompson Young

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UPDATE: Young’s publicist has confirmed Young’s suicide to TMZ, offering 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.”

EARLIER: Lee Thompson Young, who children of the ’90s will remember as the titular character in Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackon, was found dead in his home of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, TMZ reports. He was just 29 years old.

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According to TMZ, staffers on the TNT show Rizzoli & Isles, on which Young played Detective Barry Frost, became concerned when Young didn’t show up for work Monday morning. They then called Young’s landlord to check up on the actor. It was allegedly the landlord who found Young dead in his Los Angeles home. 

Young enjoyed success as a teen star on The Famous Jett Jackson as well as the Disney Channel Original Movie Johnny Tsunami in the 1990s and went on to star in the film Friday Night Lights in 2004. While he had small roles on a number of popular shows — including Smallville and Scrubs — he was largely out of the spotlight until Rizzoli & Isles, which he joined in 2010. 


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