By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
It’s always been said that former child actors have it harder than anyone else in the business. Oftentimes when a child star grows up in the business and then decides to stay in Hollywood to make a living, it’s hard to convince other people they are just as cute and talented as they were when they were kids. As a result, it’s not uncommon for them to struggle with the industry and walk away completely, while some former child stars like Lindsay Lohan opt to stay in the limelight causing their ongoing struggle with fame to become a very public battle. We also saw a few months ago that these struggles aren’t just limited to former child actors. Even former child music artists can find themselves struggling, as Chris Kelly from former kid rap group Kris Kross knew too well. We’re sad to report that yet another former child star has fallen and we’re even sadder to hear that his death was most likely caused by his own hands.
According to TMZ, actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead in his home in Los Angeles this morning. The website says the actor’s landlord discovered his body, and his death was caused by what appears to look like a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As a result of what appears to look self-inflicted, officials are telling the press they believe Young died of a suicide.
If you grew up watching Disney like we did, then you probably remember Lee Thompson Young from the hit show “The Famous Jett Jackson.” He played Jett Jackson, the star on the show. He also had a major role in the film “Friday Night Lights,” and played the older brother in “Akeelah and the Bee.” Most recently, he nabbed a role on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles.” Young was only 29 years old.
Many are shocked by Young’s death considering unlike most former child actors, he was able to find steady work in the business and he was incredibly private, never making any headlines typical for former child actors. We’ve never heard about him struggling on drugs or getting into any legal troubles. He also graduated with honors from the University of Southern California.
Details on what may have led him to allegedly take his own life are scarce for now and the cause of death has not been made official since an autopsy hasn’t been performed as of yet.
Our thoughts and prayers go to the loved ones of Lee Thompson Young.