Sheree Cohen, who served as Young's talent agent for many years, confirmed the 29-year-old star's death. A law enforcement source told The Times that his death appeared to be a suicide.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," said Young’s manager, Jonathan Baruch, in a statement issued to the website Deadline. “
Young, a South Carolina native, developed an affinity for acting at age 10 and two years later had secured representation. He rose to fame in 1998 when he starred in the Disney Channel show "The Famous Jett Jackson." On the program, which ran for three years, the actor played a teenage celebrity trying to live a normal life as a high school student.
The actor went on to attend USC, where he was a recognizable presence on campus, often dressing in all-white ensembles. He attended the School of Cinematic Arts on a full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 2005.
The Disney Channel could not be reached for comment. TNT said it would issue a statement shortly.