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Disney's 'Jett Jackson' star Lee Thompson Young found dead

Actor most recently starred in TNT's 'Rizzoli & Isles'

By MSN TV Aug 19, 2013 12:14PM

Lee Thompson Young/ET Online


According to ET Online, Lee Thompson Young, who starred on Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson," was found dead in his apartment by his landlord after not showing up for work on Monday.


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The 29-year-old was discovered with a gun shot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted.


Young's longtime manager Jonathan Baruch has confirmed to TheWrap that the actor killed himself adding, "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 at this difficult time."


In addition to "Jett Jackson," Young also had a role in the movie "Friday Night Lights" and made appearances on "Smallville," "The Good Guys" and "FlashForward." He most recently starred in TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" as Detective Barry Frost. 


Photo via ET Online

Jun 20, 2014 9:36PM

How sad to lose such a beautiful young man just beginning his life.  What is happening to our children that they feel they need to end their young lives.  Such a loss for his family and fans.

Aug 20, 2013 9:10AM
Wow so sad. Why are these young people taking there lives. He was a good actor and enjoyable in his parts. Condolences to his family.
Aug 19, 2013 6:06PM
This makes me so sad.  He was a good actor with his life and endless possibilities stretching out before him.  That's us looking in from the outside.  None of us knows what demons he fought in his private life.  I hope his family gets through this horribly difficult time with their good memories of him intact, and without blaming themselves. G'd willing, he is at peace now, in pain no longer.  RIP, Lee.
Aug 19, 2013 4:47PM
So sad.  Love him on Rizzolli & Isles.   Such a waste of a young life.

Aug 19, 2013 2:22PM

    Having two beautiful young sons that both are SAG members and working actors I can only express my sincere grief for this kid's family. It's so unfortunate that so much is lost when we succumb to the shallow ideals of Hollywood and its fleeting attractions. The young seem to know the price of everything and yet the value of nothing including life which last time I checked is still the most precious thing on this planet. RIP KID... and for those of us who are still brave enough, passionate enough, steadfast enough to kick evil in it's sorry **** Carpe Diem! Believe, focus, finish strong.

Aug 19, 2013 2:12PM

Silverstone is the code name

and if saving the world was a basketball game

on the stakes were higher

the only difference between me

and MJ would be that I haven't yet retired

r o on the tag team

the way that I inspire

villains and thugs were hired

to run like somebody set their socks on fire

evil doers know by now to say "aw man"

raised his eye brow

guys gotta say good bye now

find a place to lie down

duck and cover

cause he's sharper then a diamond cutter

slicker than a stick of butter

but even the best of the best can't live forever!

RIP you were my high school hero!

Aug 19, 2013 2:07PM
I'm so hurt by this news.....Lee Thompson Young....aka Jett Jackson.....was someone I looked forward to seeing on TV.....he was a great actor.....I'm so hurt **tears**
Aug 19, 2013 2:07PM
wow.... it is sad... i really liked him on the Rizzoli and Isles show... he will be missed by all....  unless you can walk in someone else's shoes.... then dont call anyone a coward... no one knows why he or anyone else would do this... you or anyone else knows what he was dealing with or what the situation he was in.... prayers going to his family and the people he worked with.
Aug 19, 2013 2:05PM
This is too sad, I grew up watching him and have always had the biggest crush. I send my condolence's to the family.
Aug 19, 2013 2:03PM
@Joe Todd, were you born ignorant or did you have to practice?
Aug 19, 2013 2:03PM
most likely he discovered something and the illuminati was involved and the threatened his life and his lively hood if he told,or possibly his outing was threatened and he didnt want that information out yet,who knows hollywood is a strange place to work as an actor or in any public figure employment ...very scary i hate he took his life he was a promising very good actor i liked him in smallville with clark,the young flash,and green arrow he was playing cyborg like from teen titans
Aug 19, 2013 1:53PM
how sad, people don't realize the stress these young people are dealing with... as far as you idiots calling him a coward... good for you that you have had such a perfect life and have dealt with all your demons... oh and what demons were they? shut your mouth as you don't know what is or has happened in their lives... are you God? no you aren't... he is the only one that this boy will have to answer to...
Aug 19, 2013 1:40PM

My god, what is happening with young Hollywood lately?!? My sympathies to his family!


I remember him from his time on "Smallville" and "Scrubs". A handsome talented actor so early in his life and career.

Aug 19, 2013 1:38PM
Something really weird is going on!
Aug 19, 2013 1:34PM

OMG! I love that guy! He's the only reason I started watching R&I! I feel sooo sorry for his family!!!

This is heartbreaking. He was down-to-earth and talented.  He will be missed by many I'm sure.
Aug 19, 2013 1:32PM
OMG, I just searched for him on IMDB the other day to see if he has done any movies/shows lately. WOW, that's crazy.
Aug 19, 2013 1:30PM
What is going on in hollywood these days. People are killing themselves left and right
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