Lee Thompson Young got his start in 1998, on the Disney Channel original, The Famous Jett Jackson where he played a Hollywood action star who returns home to live an ordinary life. After the show ended in 2001, Young continued working, garnering roles on Scrubs, The Guardian, and Smallville. He also appeared in films including Akeelah and The Bee and Friday Night Lights. His most recent role was that of Detective Barry Frost on TNT's Rizzoli and Isles which was picked up for another season earlier this week. Young was found dead in his home after he failed to show up on the set for the TNT crime drama.
"We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. ... 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" TNT, Warner Bros and producer Janet Tamaro said in a joint statement.
The police have opened an investigation, but at this time believe the death to be suicide, making the loss of this young actor all the more tragic.
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