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‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Star Lee Thompson Young Found Dead

Lee Thompson Young — who got his start on The Disney Channel and was recurring on the TNT show “Rizzoli & Isles”  — was found dead today in his apartment. He was 29.

“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” Young’s manager, Jonathan Baruch, told Variety. “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.”

A statement released by TNT, Warner Bros. and “Rizzoli & Isles” executive producer Janet Tamaro reads, “Everyone at ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ is devastated by the news of the passing of 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 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 got his break starring as the title character on the Disney show “The Famous Jett Jackson.” He appeared in the movie “Friday Night Lights” and was also a part of the short-lived ABC show “Flash Forward.”

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