Young, 29, was far from a down-on-his-luck actor, making his death all the more puzzling.
He was currently working as Boston police detective Barry Frost on the hit TNT drama series “Rizzoli & Isles” with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
He failed to show up for shooting today, troubling co-workers who called the landlord of his Los Angeles apartment building. Police entered his apartment just after 8 am this morning and found him dead, according to gossip site TMZ.
Jonathan Baruch, the actor’s longtime manager, Young’s death in an apparent suicide, according to a statement released to the media.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” 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. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Young reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He was born in Columbia, SC, and got the acting bug early as a 10-year-old after playing Martin Luther King Jr. in a play called A Night of Stars and Dreams, staged at a regional theater in Greenville, SC.
He moved to New York City in 1996 and within a year scored the lead role in Disney Channel show “The Famous Jett Jackson.” He was 13 when he started working on the show.
He also starred in the Disney movie based on the show and also co-starred in Disney movie “Johnny Tsunami.” He went on to graduate with honors from the University of Southern California, majoring in Cinematic Arts.
More recently, he’d been making guest appearances in television shows like “Scrubs,” “Smallville,” and “CSI: NY”
He’d been a regular character on “Rizzoli & Isles” since 2010.