Lee Thompson Young Dies of Suicide; Actor Was 29

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Lee Thompson Young, a veteran actor who has portrayed Detective Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles since 2010, was found dead today at his home in Los Angeles.

He was 29 years old.

Lee Thompson Young on Rizzoli & Isles

Insiders tell TMZ that Young didn't show up to work this morning, so series staffers phoned his landlord and asked him to check on the star.

When the landlord opened the door, he discovered Young's corpse on the floor, seemingly the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Young also appeared on episodes of Smallville, The Good Guys and CSI: NY.

His death is the third to rock the television world in a week, as Gia Allemand also killed herself last Monday, while Lisa Robin Kelly died while sleeping in a rehab facility a few days ago.

We send our best wishes to Young's friends and family.

UPDATE: The actor's manager has confirmed the suicide and TNT has released the following statement in light of this tragedy...

Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. 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.


So sorry - I just loved him on the show - will miss him so much
R I P - his loved ones will remember the good times they had together. My husband died very young and today is our Anniversary and I just saw this and broke down; he was also tall, dark and handsome!!


Wow deena! U obviously have no clue about mental health! Its not easy for.some ppl who either cant help how depressed they r or might be hearing voices and cant.take it anymore! You.know.nothing.about this mans life and what drove him to commit such a horriffic act on himself and family friends etc! I believe yes! There are some selfish instances in suicicide...but not all


what is going on in Hollywood lately? This guy is the 3rd young person to die. Sorry, but I have absolute NO SYMPATHY for people who commit suicide. They are selfish, & don't care about the loved ones they are leaving behind...This guy just like that woman Gia had their whole lives ahead of them, & (I might add, great lives at that)..I will never understand why they would kill themselves. If it's mental illness, which it usually is, then GET THE HELP YOU NEED.

@ Deena

Talk about a walking piece of human shit, by which I mean you bitch. Know who I have no sympathy for? Trash like you who have no clue what they're talking about and want to blame the victims like it's their fault. Not surprising you have zero understanding in mental health, seeing as your parents were stupid and kept you out of school. It also explains why you currently work as a stripper who struggles just to get buy. You're pathetic in every sense of the word.

@ God

Well, I don't know what she does
(Social Worker?) but I agree with
you about her total ignorance of
mental health issues.Talk about
You have,Deena, A COLD HEART.


I d'ont believe it ... .pray for you..


So sad I love this guy on the show!! RIP


This is devastating news. Such a promising future, I loved him on Rizzoli & Isles. Rest in peace!


had the biggest crush on him growing up! RIP lee thompson young....


This is truly heartbreaking :( He was a wonderful actor with so much talent. I'm going to miss him on Rizzoli & Isles. I hope his character is given a proper send off. R.I.P xoxo


What a lovely young man and what a horribly devastating outcome for him and for his family. My heart goes out to the people who loved him who are left. Maybe the entertainment industry needs to examine what, if anything, may be contributing to this rash of suicides why young actors who show such promise yet choose to end their lives. I've heard it's a brutal business, but even so, there should be some safety nets available for these young people.


OMG!! I am speechless. My prayers to his family and friends. I watch R&I's every week. So sad.

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