Young is found dead in his apartment by police, after missing a call on the production set and his manager, Jonathan Baruch, requested a welfare check.
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.
Young plays Detective Barry Frost in this crime-drama television series directed by Mark Harber and based out of Boston. Angie Harmon plays his partner, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander plays Dr. Maura Isles- the chief medical examiner.
It gets into the character’s story, family, what makes him tick. That I’m very excited about. My character is aware of history, the history of African-Americans in colonial Boston, Frost doesn’t really hold any grudges. At least I don’t play it that way.
Based on H.G. Bissingers best selling tale, Young plays Chris Commer, a football player for the Permian Panthers in a small town in Odessa, Texas. This drama is about a town’s obsession with their football team’s journey to fulfill their destiny and dreams during the 1988 season. Billy Bob Thornton plays Coach Gary Gaines. Co-starring Derek Luke and Lucas Black.
I had never played football before so they sent me the script and I was like, I don’t even know who I play. But that character is perfect for me in so many ways. He’s like third string and he comes in to play. You know, it’s my first movie so it’s kind of like getting the chance to do something great.