The Word: ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ dedicates episode to Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young found stardom on Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson." Credit: Robert Voets, CBS
Lee Thompson Young found stardom on Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson.” Credit: Robert Voets, CBS

In the wake of actor Lee Thompson Young’s death on Monday, “Rizzoli & Isles” dedicated last night’s episode to him.

Young, who reportedly took his own life on Monday, starred on “Rizzoli & Isles” as Detective Barry Frost. After Tuesday night’s episode, a title card appeared reading “In loving memory of Lee Thompson Young 1984-2013.”

The show’s producer, Janet Tamaro, also released a statement about the sad event. “Everyone at ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young,” she told E!. “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.”

Young was found dead by police at his home in the North Hollywood area of the city early Monday, after his coworkers on the TNT drama series “Rizzoli & Isles” called authorities to say he had not turned up for work, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz said.

Young rose to fame as Jett Jackson on the Disney Channel, in a series about a young actor working on a fictional show in North Carolina. Young went on to star in the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights” and television shows such as “South Beach.”


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