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Lee Thompson Young Dead at 29 -- Celeb Friends & Costars React

0819_young_singleSad news.

Lee Thompson Young, who starred as the lead in the Disney Channel series "The Famous Jett Jackson" has died at 29 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," long time manager Jonathan Baruch.

"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 as this very difficult time."

Sources tell TMZ that Young's body was discovered with a gun shot wound that appears to be self-inflicted.

Most recently, he played detective Barry Ross on TNT's "Rizzoli and Isles." A versatile actor, Lee appeared on the drama "FlashForward" and the comedy "Scrubs."

He also appeared several films, including "Akelah and the Bee," "Friday Night Lights" and "The Hills Have Eyes 2."

Lee's celebrity fans and friends took to Twitter to express their condolences and pay tribute. 

Solange KnowlesVery very sad to hear about Lee Thompson Young. He was always very kind, and such a light.

Gabrielle Union: I had the pleasure of working w/#LeeThompsonYoung on Glash Forward & he was an extremely talented beautiful soul. My thoughts & prayers are with his loved ones #RIP

Tia Mowry: My heart goes out to Lee Thompson Young RIP.. These child stars are leaving us too soon! My heart is aching…

Laura VandervoortSadness today hearing of Lee Thompson Young's passing. An incredible young talent and fellow Smallville alum

Columbus ShortColumbus Short: My heart is broken today. RIP to my friend and brother Lee Thompson Young. Writing partner/Friend/Brother #HeartAche: My heart is broken today. RIP to my friend and brother Lee Thompson Young. Writing partner/Friend/Brother #HeartAche

Donald Faison: This breaks my heart. RIP Lee Thompson Young

Amber Riley: Man… RIP #LeeThompsonYoung #JettJackson

Harry Shum Jr.: Feeling incredibly sad about Lee Thompson Young. My heart goes out to his family and friends. #gonetoosoon

Jenna Ushkowitz: My deepest thoughts and love to the friends and family who knew Lee Thompson Young

Wes Craven: My sympathy to the family of Lee Thompson Young and to all who knew and loved him.

Malika: RIP Lee Thompson Young we'll never forget your sweet spirit. Its a sad day #stayprayedup

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