Actor Lee Thompson Young Found Dead

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Actor Lee Thompson Young who starred on 'The Famous Jett Jackson' and 'Friday Night Lights.' (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY

Former Disney star and Columbia native Lee Thompson Young was found dead from a suicide.

The actor, who headlined The Famous Jett Jackson and most recently appeared as Detective Barry Frost on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Monday morning. He was 29.

The actor's manager, Jonathan Baruch, confirms that Young took his own life.

Rizzoli showrunner Janet Tamaro tweeted the following on Monday: "We are all without the words to truly express our collective grief and profound sadness at the loss of such a sweet, bright light."

And TNT said, in a statement: "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 offscreen, 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."

The RIPs are also pouring in via Twitter.

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

Young broke out as a high school football star in 2004's Friday Night Lights movie.

He also appeared in TV's The Guardian, South Beach, Scrubs and Smallville.

Los Angeles police officer Sally Madera told the Associated Press that police were sent to the home to check on Young after he failed to show up for filming Monday morning.

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