Hollywood is in deep mourning, following the sudden death of popular actor, Lee Thompson Young, on Monday.
Young, best known for his role as a teenage detective in Disney Channel’s drama series, The Famous Jett Jackson, allegedly committed suicide in Los Angeles. He was aged 29.
“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,” Baruch said.
Los Angeles police found Young’s body in his home in the North Hollywood area of the city early on Monday, after his co-workers on the TNT cable drama series ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ complained that he had not turned up for work.
Young rose to fame as Jett Jackson on the Disney Channel, in a series about a young actor working on a fictional show in North Carolina. Young went on to star on television shows such as Friday Night Lights andSouth Beach.
TNT, owned by Time Warner Inc., posted a statement on the passing of the actor on Monday, in conjunction with ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ executive producer Janet Tamaro, saying everyone was “devastated” by his death.
“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,” the statement said.
It was alleged that Young’s body was discovered with a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted.
Similarly, in 2012 smooth-voiced television host and creator of the popular dance show, Soul Train, Don Cornelius, was found dead in his home in Los Angeles.
Cornelius, who had just turned 75 at the time of his death, was found with a gunshot wound to the head. The police believed he had shot himself and they ruled out any possibility of murder.
Curiously, both incidents occurred in Los Angeles, the famous entertainment capital of the US and home to some of the biggest artistes the world has ever known.