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Lee Thompson Young

Ex-Disney Superstar Dead

Suicide

8/19/2013 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819_lee_thompson_young_article_getty_2Lee Thompson Young -- who played the main character on Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson" -- has committed suicide, TMZ has learned.  He was 29.

Young's body was discovered inside his North Hollywood home Monday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources. It's unclear why Young took his own life.

Lee's publicist said, "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."

Young currently appears in the TNT show "Rizzoli & Isles" -- and we're told when he didn't show up to work Monday morning, staffers called Young's landlord to check up on the actor. That's when the landlord found him.

The executive producer of "Rizzoli & Isles" tells us, "Everyone at [the show] is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young."

She adds, "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."

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Young was a rising star in Hollywood. After he made it big as a Disney star, he went on to play running back Chris Comer in the 2004 movie "Friday Night Lights."



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IwuvTMZ    

Not good.

328 days ago
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djgraf89     

Now I'm waiting for two more deaths smh..

328 days ago
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Angela624    

Death always comes in 3's

328 days ago
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acm    

Really, not good! Wow!!!

328 days ago
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Knock Biebers Face In. lil Puke    

RIP Raz B.. We gonna miss ya.

328 days ago
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KAH    

Wtf..celebs are dropping like flies...

Sad they feel that suicide is the only option.

328 days ago
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SAY WHAT    

i wish the jenners/ kartrashians would learn how to play rushing roulette.

328 days ago
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Calico    

What is going on?
RIP - very sad, again.

328 days ago
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queen love    

Another one bites the dust.

328 days ago
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Appleanddanish    

GEEZ. It's been a bad month. =( I hope he's at peace, and I hope other people realize that suicide is the last choice you'll ever have the chance to make. It's a bad way to end the story of your life. I hope he's at peace now.

328 days ago
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DeeMaree    

Excellent actor in R & I. Damn, suicide is final. It's done. Emotions can NOT harm you. Giving into an emotion can kill you. People must reach out, get help, WAIT WAIT WAIT. That pain your feeling CAN and WILL change, even go away with proper help. Prayers for his family and friends. I hope he has peace. What a shame, so damn young.

328 days ago
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Luna    

Oh man I loved his show as a kid.

328 days ago
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mocha2009    

Wow! This one really hurts. I LOVE him on Rizzoli & Isles. Had no clue that he was Jett Jackson. It hurts my heart that these young people are in so much pain and have NO hope for tomorrow. Absolutely sad!

328 days ago
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pseudonym    

Unfortunate. He was a good actor. RIP

328 days ago
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Weedy1dad    

wow so many of them lately I guess that didn't get there money's worth when thay supported Obama's campaign

328 days ago
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