Lee Thompson Young, who has played the series regular role of Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s flagship series Rizzoli & Isles for the past four seasons, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 29. Young’s previous TV credits included roles on FlashForward, Smallville, The Good Guys and The Event.
Young’s manager confirmed Lee Thompson Young’s untimely death in the following statement: “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 as this very difficult time.”
While TNT, Warner Bros and Rizzoli & Isles Executive Producer Janet Tamaro also issued the following statement: “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 off-screen, 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.”