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Lee Thompson Young

Ex-Disney Superstar Dead


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

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."

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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wonder how they are going to write him off of the show? his character last week was starting to talk to the coffee shop lady.also i dont know how they will solve the crimes now.he was alpha with the computer work. he was a great actor and will be missed on the show

397 days ago


I'm thinkin' that Rizzoli & Isles won't get handed this case.
What? Too soon?

397 days ago


Guess its time Hollywood stops putting so much pressure on actors if they want to keep talent.

397 days ago


Thats really sad, I loved him on disney. He was a really talented actor.

397 days ago


very few things surprise me anymore but this shocks me
R.I.P Lee Thompson Young 2/1/1984 - 8/19/2013

397 days ago

Katie Perry's Mini Bar Snatch    

If I was on Rizzoli and Isles I'd kill myself too.

397 days ago

Apres Ski    

Disney takes another one! You get the feeling that "Disney" stands for the devil that will take your children's souls and leave them with nothing.

397 days ago


Very sad. May he r.i.p.

397 days ago


Very tragic indeed..............................

397 days ago


Cute chocolate chip ... very sad !

397 days ago


Hope he left his money who deserve it that have real problems like not having food or clothes so typical rich kid mad at the world what a waist easy way out another one bites the dust...why not just get legal scrips from some Hollywood doctor and be high and happy geek why die so stupid

397 days ago


What the H is going in these days. That's Lisa Robin Kelly, Gia Allemand and now Lee?????

397 days ago


This is sad. I liked that guy, he was good on screen. Poor guy. Prayers to his family & friends.

397 days ago


Cory Monteith,
Gia Allemand,
Lee Thompson Young.

All died within weeks of each other. All under the age of 32.

INDUSTRY HELP THESE KIDS! Don't just take their money!

397 days ago

joanne hale    

This is truely sad sad sad! i vaguely remember him being on Disney, I was much older and by the time he was on i was no longer watching DisneyTV... BUT his eyes always caught me. And i DO remember him on Rizzole and Isles... he was a Handsome man, and i loved his character. Such a sad loss. prayers to his family and all those lives he touched. <3

397 days ago
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