Lee Thompson Young, who featured in Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” and most-recently in TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” recently committed suicide, his manager told FOX411. He was 29.
Born on February 1, 1984 in Columbia, South Carolina, Lee Thompson Young's star excellence has graced the stage, the small screen and the big screen from a very early age. At the mere age of 10, Young portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King in the production of "A Night Of Stars And Dreams" in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, inspiring him to pursue a career as an actor.
Young's professional career took off with his principal role on the Disney Channel television series, "The Famous Jett Jackson" (1998). Young can be seen in the hit TNT series, "Rizzoli & Isles" (2010), playing "Detective Barry Frost", the partner of "Jane Rizzoli" (Angie Harmon).
He is also widely acknowledged for his work co-starring in several films, including Friday Night Lights (2004) with Billy Bob Thornton, Akeelah and the Bee (2006) with Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne and Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) (TV) with Jamie Foxx.
Young signed a talent development deal with ABC in 2008, which resulted in a critically-acclaimed seven-episode arc in the drama, "FlashForward" (2009). He also played significant recurring roles on both the hit comedy, "Scrubs" (2001), and the fan favorite, "Smallville" (2001). He has performed on numerous television series, including "The Event" (2010), "The Guardian" (2001), "South Beach" (2006) and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (2008).
After working with directors James Marshall, Shawn Levy, and Milan Cheylov at a young age, Lee became fascinated with the art, craft, and discipline of film-making. He went to the USC School of Cinematic Arts on a full academic scholarship, where he graduated with honors.
Sadly, former Disney star Lee Thompson Young has died at age 29 after apparently committing suicide. Find out more at The Independent.