Lee Thompson Young’s manager confirmed to HollywoodLife.com that the 29-year-old actor took his own life on August 19. Ironically, his ‘FlashForward’ character faced a similar fate on the short-lived ABC series in 2009. How tragic and eery.
Lee Thompson Young tragically died on August 19. After he failed to appear at work, his co-workers from the set of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles called Lee’s landlord to check up on him. Sadly, when the landlord opened the door, the 29-year-old’s body was found in his Los Angeles home with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Four years prior, Lee committed suicide onscreen in ABC’s FlashForward, which makes us feel that much more uneasy about the actor’s death.
Lee Thompson Young: Suicide On ‘FlashForward’ — Life Imitates Art
In November 2009, Lee touched upon suicide in an interview when he was asked to discuss his character’s demise. Lee told Zap2It:
Yes, you know, his flash forward was torturing him. The fact that he saw himself [in the near future] on the phone with a lawyer, talking about a case in which he accidentally killed the mother of two small children … he just couldn’t live with himself. He was trying desperately to figure out if there was any way he could change that. And, in the meantime, everything in everyone else’s flash forward seemed to be coming true, step-by-step, so he was unable to sleep at night. He was depressed, frustrated, angry. He felt powerless. And, in the end, he finally decided that this is how he could change that.
This is so sad to read, considering Lee Thompson’s untimely death.
Lee Thompson Young Dead From Suicide At 29
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” Lee’s longtime manager Jonathan Baruch told HollywoodLife.com. “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.”
Our thoughts go out to Lee’s family and friends at this difficult time. This news is truly heartbreaking.
Watch Lee Thompson Young’s final scene on FlashForward below.