Lee Thompson Young

In Memoriam

February 1, 1984 - August 19, 2013

'Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was'
Hebrew proverb




"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," manager Jonathan Baruch said in a statement.

"Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will truly be missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time."

Thoughts and prayers to Lee's family, friends and co-workers during this time.

Lee Thompson Young, who played the title character on Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson and currently stars on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, has died at age 29, TMZreports. Authorities believe the cause of death is suicide.

Young's body was found by his landlord with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to TMZ.

The actor was currently starring as Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles. Members of the show's staff became concerned when Young didn't show up for work Mondaymorning, and called his landlord to check up on him, TMZ reports.

Born in Columbia, S.C., Young landed the lead role in The Famous Jett Jackson in 1998. His subsequent TV credits included roles on Scrubs, FlashForward andSmallville, as well as the Friday Night Lights movie.

Statement from TNT, WB, and Janet Tamaro

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 off-screen, 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.


TNT's Rizzoli & Isles has shut down production on the drama series. It is unclear how long production of Rizzoli & Isles will be suspended while cast and crew mourn the loss of Lee Thompson Young.

The show was to start filming the last episode of season 4 this week. While Janet Tamaro is grieving the loss of her friend and co-worker, she has the hard task of "figuring out" the production of "Rizzoli & Isles" and how they will move on from this loss.

Let's all please respect the cast/crew during this time emotional time.

And if you or anyone you know is going through a tough time, remember there is always someone that will listen. Every life is important and precious.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline




The following video aired during the August 20, 2013 Rizzoli & Isles Episode. In loving Memory of Lee Thompson Young.

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