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Former Disney star, Lee Thompson Young dies at 29


Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot in his North Hollywood apartment Monday, sources told the Daily News.
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Young, 29, was best known for his leading role in the Disney series "The Famous Jett Jackson."

He was found unresponsive with a bullet wound to the head by Los Angeles cops about 9 a.m., a law enforcement source told the News.

Cops were called to do a welfare check after Young missed a call time on the set of his current show, the TNT police drama "Rizzoli & Isles," the source said.

"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," his longtime 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 be truly missed," Baruch said. "We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time."

Paramedics declared Young dead at the scene, the law enforcement source said.

“We’re still in shock,” his mom Velma Love told the Daily News Monday. “I’m in D.C. now and talking to his manager in Los Angeles, and we’re all just in total shock.”

When asked if her son struggled with depression, Love said the family planned to give a more detailed statement at a later date.

Young, originally from South Carolina, also portrayed running back Chris Comer in the 2004 movie "Friday Night Lights."

On "Rizzoli & Isles," Young played Detective Barry Frost alongside co-stars Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander and "Sopranos" actress Lorraine Bracco.

His fans and friends quickly took to Twitter to express their sadness.

"Goodbye @Lee_T_Young," tweeted his "Rizzoli & Sons" costar Jordan Bridges. "I am shattered at your startling departure. It was an honor to work with you. Love and Prayers to your family."
-NYD

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