Former Disney Channel actor, Lee Thompson Young, was found dead this morning from a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. Young, who appeared on "Rizzoli & Isles," was found dead in his apartment when the landlord went to check on him after he got a call that Young didn't make it to the set of his TNT drama this morning, according to Yahoo News on Aug. 19.
Police pronounced Young dead at the scene shortly after arriving at the 5000 block of Tujunga Ave. It is not known if Young left a suicide note or not. The case has been handed over to the coroner.
Young's long-time manager Jonathan Baruch in a statement:
"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. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time."
Young started appearing in community theater as a young kid before heading off to New York City where he landed the main role in Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson." The show, which lasted for three seasons, was also made into a TV movie.
When Young's Disney gig ended he had parts in Jamie Foxx's "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" and in the "Friday Night Lights" movie as Chris Comer. His TV show guest roles including "The Guardian," "South Beach," and "Smallville."
In 2009, Young's role in "Flash Forward" was that of an FBI agent who commits suicide to prevent a death. "Flash Forward" was a short-lived sci-fi drama. His latest work, the job he didn't show up for this morning, which led to his landlord finding his body, was in TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" as Det. Barry Frost, Rizzoli's partner, played by Angie Harmon.