Lee Thompson Young, who starred in the Disney Channel series “The Famous Jett Jackson,” was found dead in his L.A. home on Monday, according to TMZ. He was 29 years old.
The actor was currently starring in the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles,” and when he didn’t show up for work, staffers called his landlord to check on him. The landlord reportedly found Young dead, with a gunshot wound believed to be self-inflicted.
No official cause of death has been released.
Young made his acting debut in 1998 with the Disney Channel series “The Famous Jett Jackson,” about a high-profile teen action star, who just wants to live a normal life in his North Carolina hometown. The series ran for three seasons (including a TV movie), and memorably featured Beyoncé in one of her first acting roles with her girl group Destiny’s Child. Britney Spears and Eartha Kitt also made cameo appearances.
Young went on to act in a number of TV series, including “Scrubs,” “FlashForward,” “Smallville,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and his current series, “Rizzoli & Isles,” in which he played Detective Barry Frost alongside Angie Harmon’s Jane Rizzoli.
He also had a handful of film credits on his resumé, most notably starring as Chris Comer in the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights,” based on the novel by Buzz Bissinger.
Young was born on February 1, 1984 in Columbia, South Carolina, and attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts, graduating with honors.