Production on U.S. police drama Rizzoli & Isles has been put on hold following the apparent suicide of actor Lee Thompson Young.
Police discovered the 29 year old's body at his apartment in Los Angeles on Monday (19Aug13) morning, and in a statement his manager confirmed that the former Disney star took his own life.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Tv bosses shut down production on Rizzoli & Isles; it is unknown how long the suspension will last, according to TheWrap.com.
Young's manager Jonathan Baruch has paid tribute to his longtime client, who shot to fame in Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson, writing, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning. 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 difficult time."
Young had a key role as detective Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles, alongside Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The show was recently renewed for a fifth series.
Joining Baruch in paying tribute to the tragic young star, Gabrielle Union, new dad Donald Faison and Solange Knowles took to Twitter.com on Monday to mourn his passing.
Union wrote, "I had the pleasure of working w/ #LeeThompsonYoung on Flash Forward & he was an extremely talented beautiful soul. My thoughts & prayers are with his loved ones," while Faison added, "This breaks my heart. Rip Lee Thompson Young."
Glee star Harry Shum, Jr. also offered up his thoughts, posting, "Feeling incredibly sad about Lee Thompson Young. My heart goes out to his family and friends," and his Glee co-star Amber Riley added, "Man...Rip #LeeThompsonYoung #Jett Jackson...Everything that glitters isn't gold. You just never know, that just tore me up a little. Man."
Solange tweeted, "Very very sad to hear about Lee Thompson Young. He was always very kind, and such a light," and even filmmaker Wes Craven paid his respects, adding, "My sympathy to the family of Lee Thompson Young and to all those who knew and loved him...I had the pleasure of working with him in 2007 on Hills Have Eyes 2. He was a pro, gifted and warm. The tragedy of this kind of loss is particularly bewildering and painful."
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