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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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Snyderwife    

This was an amazingly talented actor. Loved watching him in both "Jett Jackson" and "Rizzoli & Isles". RIP.

345 days ago
17.

August    

Another one KILLED by the EXTREMELY EVIL 12-Step religious AA/NA cult.....

345 days ago
18.

hartz    

I am stunned. Completely stunned. I loved him on Rizzoli and Isles. I was just watching him on TV last night. Oddly, last week I saw him in an old episode of CSI:NY where he died of a gun shot.

345 days ago
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fadedone    

Another child star went on a rampage..not surprising, not good either. RIP

345 days ago
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vroomvroom    

Wow, what a loss. Don't watch Disney but from the look of tmz video, great guy. Rip, I pray for his family 2 be strong.

345 days ago
21.

oli    

There are way too many young stars dying for whatever reason lately.... Tragic

345 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Damn shame that the one's dying are the one's that should be living.

345 days ago
23.

Curly    

How sad. What is happening to this younger generation? What pressures are they feeling that I didn't at their age? Us older adults need to help them figure their pain out. We need them for our future! Many prayers for his family, as well as his TV family.

345 days ago
24.

Chris    

so sad, his character was perfect will Bruce McGill on Rizzoli and Isles.

345 days ago
25.

roll3567    

Seek help...its out there if you ASK! You're not alone! http://suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/International_Suicide_Prevention_Directory

345 days ago
26.

EmmaL27    

Anyone else notice the massive amount of death reports coming from TMZ?

345 days ago
27.

Susan    

OMG what is it with these young people. Too much pressure?????

345 days ago
28.

Rose    

Jesus ! so many Hollywood star killing them self .
Life is no good ? sorry about it

345 days ago
29.

Michelle    

Oh noooo! I love him on Rizzoli & Isles. It's always so sad when someone kills themselves. You never know the demons a person is carrying inside... God rest his soul...

345 days ago
30.

JimmyB    

Not being familiar with him, I admit when I first saw the story, it was going to be another young Hollywood celeb's career that went in the dumper.

Not the case here. He's had a strong career.

345 days ago
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