Remembering Lee Thompson Young

It was very sad to hear about the passing of former Disney star Lee Thompson Young earlier this week.

According to multiple news sources, Young took his own life this past Monday. Some have speculated that he may have been suffering from depression.

Most will probably remember Lee Thompson Young from his time as the star of the Disney Channel show, “The Famous Jett Jackson.” The show aired from 1998-2001 and was actually a show-within-a-show. The concept was framed around Jett Jackson playing the action hero ‘Silvertone,’ while also adjusting to growing up as a teenager in the fictional town of Wilstead, North Carolina.

I remember watching “The Famous Jett Jackson” more than a decade ago and generally enjoyed it. We saw things from Jett Jackson’s perspective and the interactions he had with his friends, family, and the crew for the ‘Silverstone’ show. I thought Lee Thompson Young did a very good job as the lead, considering the fact he was actually playing two characters each episode.

Following the end of “The Famous Jett Jackson,” Young went on to play roles in 2004 film “Friday Night Lights,” and “Akeelah and the B” in 2006. At the time of his death, he was working on the TNT drama “Rizzoli and Isles.”

R.I.P. Lee Thompson Young.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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