Lee Thompson Young dead at 29

The "Rizzoli and Isles" actor was found dead in an apparent suicide

By Prachi Gupta
Published August 19, 2013 7:06PM (EDT)
     (AP Photo/TNT, Eddy Chen)
(AP Photo/TNT, Eddy Chen)

Actor Lee Thompson Young, a former Disney child star who played Detective Barry Frost on TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles," was found dead Monday morning. He was 29. Young's manager has confirmed to TheWrap that the death was a suicide.

"Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young," a rep for the show, which has stopped production. "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 started acting at age 10 and earned his breakout role in 1998, starring in the Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson" for three years. He went on to USC, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2005, and landed several guest-starring roles before joining "Rizzoli & Isles."

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