Definitely didn’t think my 1100th post around these parts would be eulogizing Lee Thompson Young, the actor who was probably one of the first Black live-action heroes you’ve seen in his own series, The Famous Jett Jackson.
Before Aaron Stone and Kim Possible, there was Silverstone , teenage secret agent extraordinaire, and before there was Sonny Munroe, there was Jett Jackson, a teenage superstar trying to find a balance between life on the set and life in the real world. The Famous Jett Jackson premiered on October 25, 1998 and was one of the first breakout shows of then-newly-basic-cable Disney Channel and lasted 65 episodes and spawned a Disney Channel Original Movie, not to mention the first DCOM to be based on a series. Mr. Young also played Victor Stone, the hero known to many DC Comics fans as Cyborg, on Smallville starting in 2006. This was the first time Cyborg was portrayed in any live-action production. In recent years, he played Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles.
Sadly, it was revealed that Lee Thompson Young was found dead of what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was only 29 years old.
I don’t know what demons drove him to that, but I hope he’s resting in peace. My thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends, loved ones, and co-workers.