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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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Tabby Catt    

People please talk to someone. Call the national suicide hotline

430 days ago

Carla Simmons    

Saddens my heart to read this what could have been so horrible or wrong that he had to take his life, praying for the family of this young man

430 days ago



430 days ago


There seems to be more celebrity suicides publicized than ever - Life is never easy.....Love and light to his family, friends & loved ones.

430 days ago


My prayers go out to his family

430 days ago


wow! i am shocked thats so unfortunate.

430 days ago


The 90's kids will miss you bro!

430 days ago

Gordonm a    

This is so so sad. What was it so bad? Did he think he was gay? That's the usual thing that takes away our beautiful ones., I wish we could let them know that the ones who really count don't care.

430 days ago


Awful. So much to live for. What could have been so bad that you choose to die rather than face it?

430 days ago


Why, cyborg? Why?

430 days ago


Poor young black guy... You know it was some old white hollywood type guy made him do gay sex stuff as child... hear the story all the time.

memories probably started resurfacing

430 days ago


Who is he? He is gorgeous! Why? What is going on so many people dying this year.

430 days ago


He, will be missed, I loved looking at him grow on TV AND ACTING. RIP

430 days ago


I remember that show! Not familiar with his recent work but he was beautiful and how sad that he is gone so young. Whatever the reason, peace to his family and friends.

430 days ago


I'm so saddened, disappointed... there are a whole mix of emotions I'm feeling right now. I'm trying to make sense of this, but I guess since I don't know what was in his mind or what he was going through personally, it's hard for me to say. God, please comfort his family and let his death be an example for others who are feeling like they have nothing left to live for. Amen.

430 days ago
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