'Rizzoli & Isles' Dedicates Episode to Late Actor Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost on 'Rizzoli & Isles.' (AP Photo/TNT, Eddy Chen)
In the first broadcast of “Rizzoli & Isles” since the death of cast member Lee Thompson Young, the TNT drama aired a tribute to the late actor at the end of the episode.
Young died of an apparent suicide on Monday. The former star of the Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” was found dead in his apartment after failing to show up for work that morning.
At the end of Tuesday night’s episode, a memorial slate read, “In Loving Memory of Lee Thompson Young, 1984 - 2013.” That was followed by silent footage of Young as Detective Barry Frost, the character he played since the pilot.
Production on “Rizzoli & Isles” has been shut down since Monday, with cast and crew grieving over Young’s passing. It’s unclear when the drama, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, will resume filming. Nor have the show’s producers indicated how they will address Young’s death on-screen.
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Executive producer Janet Tamaro said in a statement, “Everyone at 'Rizzoli & Isles' is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. 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 off-screen, 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."