By Sandra Birungi
Lee Thompson Young who stirred in the famous The Famous Jett Jacksons alongside Britney Spears in one of the episodes is dead.
A former Disney Channel star, Young was found dead today morning in an apparent suicide according to police. He was 29.
Police confirmed he died from a gunshot wound. According to TMZ, Young’s landlord found him when he did not report to the set of the TNT drama this morning. When officers arrived to his apartment at the 5000 block of Tujunga Avenue, they pronounced him dead at the scene. No suicide note was however found.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” said Young’s long-time manager Jonathan Baruch in a statement. “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.”
Young’s career begun with “The Famous Jett Jackson” a show which lasted for three seasons and a TV movie. Later on, he appeared in Jamie Foxx’s “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story” and in the “Friday Night Lights” movie as Chris Comer. He also landed guest roles in TV shows including “The Guardian,” “South Beach,” and “Smallville.”
In 2009, Young starred in the short-lived sci-fi drama “FlashForward” as an FBI agent who commits suicide to prevent a death.
Young graduated with honors from the University of Southern California.