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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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undrgrndgirl    

oh no! i loved him in rizzoli and isles!
my condolences to family and friends...how sad!

367 days ago
47.

jane    

so sad. r&i show will feel his loss, he was the bright light.

367 days ago
48.

meme    

Heartbreaking. Loved this guy on Rizzoli and Isles.

367 days ago
49.

Mark    

What a coward.

367 days ago
50.

Ginnpr1    

What a shame - that he had not a single thing in his life to live for!!!!

367 days ago
51.

dede    

R I P - very sad , he was a good actor

367 days ago
52.

JiLL1    

So sad, a whole life ahead of him.

367 days ago
53.

darkhorse91    

I remembering watching that show as a kid. How sad. My prayers go out to his family.

367 days ago
54.

kisha33    

So sad he will be missed R I P

367 days ago
55.

xrodriguez    

something tells me he was gay

367 days ago
56.

candles    

Sad. I wonder what was troubling him so much that he felt he could no longer live on?

367 days ago
57.

billybob    

What's about all that friggin' celeb suicides recently??? Did these morons receive a telepathic order from their Scientology mother ship or what?

367 days ago
58.

St. Alphonso's-pancakes    

Someone, needs to call the Rev. Sharpton, He'll fix it

367 days ago
59.

dmsem2013    

I knew this guy in school, in SC, how sad. All u haters out there just need to shush. You never know what's happening in people's lives.

367 days ago
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TipseyMcStagger    

She was great in Back To The Future!

367 days ago
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