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Rizzoli & Isles: Did Show Star Commit Suicide?
By Allison Moore

Washington, D.C. (August 20, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Woman, aka Allison Moore, takes your questions regarding TV stars and shows. If you have a question about TV entertainment, ask TV's Answer Woman by sending an e-mail to

I heard on CNN this morning something about a star on Rizzoli & Isles dying? What happened? -- Annie, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Annie, this has been a tough morning in the entertainment world, starting with the report of a man who killed himself at Olivia Newton-John's house in Florida. And now a new report that Lee Thompson Young, a 29-year-old featured player on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, has taken his life as well.

The BBC reports that Young's body was found at his home Monday morning after he failed to show up for work on the set of the show. Police are being mum, but his publicist is telling the BBC that the actor "tragically took his own life."

Young first came to prominence as a teenage secret agent on the Disney series, The Famous Jett Jackson. He played a detective on Rizzoli & Isles, which also stars Angie Harmon. "We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man," a show producer said in a joint statement with TNT.


It is unknown what would cause Young to take his life. Rizzoli & Isles was recently renewed for a fifth season, which will debut in 2014.

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