Former Disney Star Lee Thompson Young Dies at 29

Actor Lee Thompson Young arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Sleep Dealer" at The Montalban Theatre on April 15, 2009 in Hollywood, California.   (Photo: Dr. Billy Ingram / Getty Images)

Former Disney Star Lee Thompson Young Dies at 29

The actor allegedly committed suicide.

Published August 19, 2013

Lee Thompson Young, star of The Famous Jett Jackson, passed away today in Los Angeles,. The actor died from a gunshot wound, which appeared to be self-inflicted, reports TMZ. Young's colleagues on Rizzoli & Isles, of which he is a current cast member, became concerned when he didn't show up for work on Monday morning and called his landlord. The landlord then discovered Young's body in his apartment.

Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Young was best known for his title role on The Famous Jett Jackson, which aired from 1998 to 2001. He acted in a number of other television shows including South Beach, Smallville and The Guardian. His film work included roles in Akeelah and the Bee, the acclaimed 2004 film Friday Night Lights and a part opposite Jamie Foxx in Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.

Young is a graduate of University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. 

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(Photo: Dr. Billy Ingram / Getty Images)

Written by Renee Samuel


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