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Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young found dead

2013-08-19 22:20:45

Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young has died in an apparent suicide.

The Famous Jett Jackson actor was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Monday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports TMZ.

The 29-year-old - who was currently starring in TNT's Rizzoli & Isles - was discovered by his landlord after staffers at the television show called him when the star didn't arrive for work.

Lee Thompson Young
Passed away: Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young was found dead on Monday morning in his LA home from
an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound, pictured in Miami in 2005

Young made a name for himself as the title character in Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson.

He then went on to play running back Chris Comer in the 2004 film Friday Night Light, before landing the lead role on Rizzoli & Isles for the past three seasons as Boston police detective Barry Frost.

Young was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and moved to New York in 1996 to pursue his dream of acting.

Lee Thompson Young
Making a name for himself: The 29-year-old starred as footballer Chris Comer in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights

Lee Thompson Young
Dream role: Young was currently playing Detective Barry Frost in the TNT show Rizolli & Isles

Young said in 2011 that he valued his start as a child star.

'It's always a really great feeling when I talk to people who watched Jett Jackson, because we were the same age,' he told 'We were all kids. I was 13 when I started working on that show and that was part of my childhood. And it's kind of like we have that in common.

'It means a lot to me when people enjoyed it and when it was a part of their childhood,' he added.

'It's cool when you see people revert back for a quick second to middle school, and they're like, "Oh, man! I remember..." It's really great to me that our work is still with people after 10 years.'

Lee Thompson Young
First starring role: Young found fame playing the title role in the Disney series The Famous Jett Jackson


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