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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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Tabby Catt    

People please talk to someone. Call the national suicide hotline

367 days ago
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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

367 days ago
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Snowballx    

Speechless

367 days ago
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Miara    

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

367 days ago
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LOVELIFE    

My prayers go out to his family

367 days ago
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IamAshari    

wow! i am shocked thats so unfortunate.

367 days ago
67.

Evan    

The 90's kids will miss you bro!

367 days ago
68.

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.

367 days ago
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Nobrows    

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

367 days ago
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Jdevil    

Why, cyborg? Why?

367 days ago
71.

Craparazzi    

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

367 days ago
72.

Lone    

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

367 days ago
73.

Rose    

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

367 days ago
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PledgeofAllegiance    

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.

367 days ago
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lee    

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.

367 days ago
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