Former Disney Channel star Lee Thompson Young committed suicide early Monday morning, his publicist has confirmed to TMZ. He was 29.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” his publicist said. “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.”
Sources tell TMZ that Young, who played the title character on The Famous Jett Jackson, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police discovered his body after he failed to show up to work on his latest television series, Rizzoli and Isles.
UPDATE 5:41 ET: Janet Tamaro, the executive producer of Rizzoli and Isles has released a statement:
“Everyone at [the show] 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.”