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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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PureRadiance    

Tmz believes it is suicide. Well that is so sad hearing this type news. These young stars need to hold on to hope that life gets better. Having dealt with situations of these types, my heart goes out to his friends and family. May all who have known him realize he thought this was his only salvation. RIP.

243 days ago
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Spanky    

RIP.

243 days ago
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M.T.    

http://www.nationalsuicidehotline.com

You're family and friends love you very much, even though you can't feel it right now... it's ok to get help

http://www.nationalsuicidehotline.com

243 days ago
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teedofftaxpayer    

They're dying too young. This is the 3rd young death in the last couple of weeks of stars. Maybe the studios need to take care of their young stars like they did in the "old" days.

243 days ago
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Socalpimp    

Never heard of him.....yawn

243 days ago
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streetsertified_goon    

rip

243 days ago
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Rebecca    

This is sad. I remember him as Jet Jackson. I love Rizzoli & Isles. :( Now it's not gonna be the same without him. RIP

243 days ago
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frankwest    

setup

243 days ago
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Macker1283    

Tells you alot about TMZ's readers when they have to bring up Disney's shows form 10 years ago, as opposed to an actual show he is currently on as a reference to who the guy was.

243 days ago
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jennifer henry    

the devil is busy

243 days ago
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LaGrande34    

Oh my God, when is it going to end, is it that hard to be famous and have everything, last week was GIA ALLEMAND, former player on The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad that took her own life... this is so sad...

243 days ago
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gina edmonds    

Awwww man. I liked him. Sad.

243 days ago
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Ashley    

SAD :(. Johnny Tsunamis best friend.

243 days ago
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sunnyge    

this makes me sad i grown up watching him. RIP

243 days ago
105.

Luciano    

NEYMAR ?

243 days ago
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