Monday, August 19, 2013

Lee Thompson Young Dead at 29

Actor Lee Thompson Young committed suicide in his Los Angeles apartment Monday morning, his manager said.

"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," Jonathan Baruch said. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time."

Young, 29, is best known for the leading role on Disney's THE FAMOUS JETT JACKSON television series.

More recently he has been acting in TNT's RIZZOLI & ISLES as Detective Barry Frost.

Young's body was found in his home at 8 a.m. Monday, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.

RIZZOLI & ISLES executive producer Janet Tamaro said the cast and crew were "devastated by the news."

"We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man," Tamaro said. "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, who was born in Canada, also co-starred on UPN's SOUTH BEACH, and had recurring roles on FLASHFORWARD, SCRUBS and SMALLVILLE. He also appeared in primetime serials THE EVENT and LINCOLN HEIGHTS.

His feature credits include Friday Night Lights, Akeelah and the Bee and The Hills Have Eyes II.


  1. So sorry for the loss of Lee Thompson Young, may he R.I.P. and may God Bless his family and may they find peace and comfort in him, so sad :(

  2. What a terrible thing my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  3. I am heartbroken. I've come to know and respect his acting. I am also a mother who lost an adult son and with that, his family will be in my prayers every day.

  4. I am so sad to hear of his passing. Rizzoli and Isles is one of my favorite shows and he was a favorite actor of mine on that show. My condolences to his friends there, but especially to his family. May God bring them comfort.

  5. such a tragedy. You will truly be missed. my condolences to his family & friends.