Marque Lynche Jr., a former Disney Mouseketeer who appeared on the children's program with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera from 1993 until 1995, has died, TMZ reports. He was only 34 years old.
Lynche was found dead in his Harlem, New York, apartment on Sunday, police say. There was no apparent trauma to his body and, according to a source, "there was no note, no pills. We’re waiting on the medical examiner.” Cops have deemed the death suspicious due to the lack of information.
Though Lynche didn't achieve the level of fame some of his co-stars did, he continued to work in entertainment after his stint on The All New Mickey Mouse Club. He performed as Simba in The Lion King on Broadway and then as Tyrone in a production of Fame. In 2004, Lynche was a semi-finalist as a contestant in Season 3 of American Idol, the season Fantasia went on to win.
After taking a break to deal with the loss of his mother, Lynche resumed pursuing music. He released new recorded music on his Facebook page last year, and even performed at a Harlem church this past July.
Our condolences go out to Lynche's family.
Rewind! Catch Justin Timberlake during his visit to 106 & Park, below:
(Photo: Marque Lynche via Twitter)