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Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young dies at 29

Lee Thompson Young, who starred as the lead in Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson," has died. He was 29.

Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young dies at 29

This publicity photo released by TNT shows Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost in "All For One" episode 407 in the TV series, "Rizzoli & Isles." Los Angeles police say actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead Monday morning, Aug. 19, 2013. He was 29. (AP Photo/TNT, Eddy Chen)
This publicity photo released by TNT shows Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost in "All For One" episode 407 in the TV series, "Rizzoli & Isles." Los Angeles police say actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead Monday morning, Aug. 19, 2013. He was 29. (AP Photo/TNT, Eddy Chen) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lee Thompson Young, who starred as the lead in Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson, has died from a suicide. He was 29.

The actor was found dead Monday morning with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police were called to Young's North Hollywood home after Young did not show up to work on the set of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles," where he has starred since 2010 as Detective Barry Frost, the partner of Angie Harmon's Jane Rizzoli. E! News reported Tuesday morning that production on "Rizzoli & Isles" has been temporarily suspended in the wake of Young's death.

The program's showrunner Janet Tamaro posted a series of tweets Monday afternoon confirming reports of Young's death. "We are all without the words to truly express our collective grief and profound sadness at the loss of such a sweet, bright light," she wrote. "We are broken-hearted."

TNT released the following official statement Monday evening:

"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 offscreen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother."

Young's publicist Paul Baruch confirmed Monday afternoon in a statement, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning. Baruch added, "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed."

Young played Jett Jackson on the popular Disney Channel show from 1998 to 2001. On the show, he played a teen celebrity attempting to fit in as a normal high school student. Following the Disney series, he briefly guest-starred on ABC's Philly in 2002 and attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts on a full academic scholarship. The talent graduated magna cum laude in 2005, reports the LA Times.

The Disney Channel released the following statement addressing the sad news of one of its former teen stars late Monday:

"Nothing any of us can say will adequately express our sadness over Lee's untimely passing — our thoughts are with his loved ones and the many fans of his work."

He boosted his profile after his 2004 role as running back Chris Comer in the film adaptation of Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights. He's also appeared on shows like Scrubs and Smallville.

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If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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