Around 11:40 a.m. PST Young’s publicist confirmed the actor did kill himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The publicist released a statement to TMZ saying, “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.”
Many folks probably remember Young from his Disney channel show The Famous Jett Jackson, where he played the title role, Jett Jackson, an actor trying to have a normal life while his fame rose. Young has had a recurring role as Detective Barry Frost on the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles since 2010.
When Young didn’t show up for work this morning on Rizzoli & Isles production staffers called his landlord, who found the actor dead. Show creator, writer, and executive producer Janet Tamaro tweeted out “We are all without the words to even begin to express our profound grief at the loss of such a sweet, bright light. #RIPLeeThompsonYoung.
Tamaro has since released an official statement with TNT and Warner Brothers regarding the devastating news. “Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing for Lee Thompson Young. 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 off- screen, 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.”