Those who grew up watching the Disney Channel in the ’90s may remember the 1998 show “The Famous Jett Jackson.” The show ran for three seasons and starred actor Lee Thompson Young. After he concluded the show, Young continued on his way to Hollywood, star in tv shows such as “The Guardian,” “Scrubs” and “Smallville,” as well as starring in movies like “Friday Night Lights” and “The Hills Have Eyes 2.” In 2010, Young landed the role of Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles.”
TMZ reported that on August 19, 2013, Young was found dead in his Hollywood home. The report stated that after Young failed to show up for work on the TNT show, the owner came to his home to check on him. The actor died by suicide.
A coroner’s report daily news from new york reported that Young had bipolar disorder and struggled with depression. According to WIS 10 Newshis mother, Velma Love, shared: “People know that Lee wasn’t the only one. And for you to see everything he accomplished in 29 years, it’s more than some people accomplish in a lifetime. He was able to do it with a mental illness.” , and, yes, it ended tragically, but through that, we’re inspired.”
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 988 or by callinggram 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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