Lee Thompson Young Suffered From Bipolar Disorder Before Committing Suicide

The case of actor Lee Thompson Young has been closed. The Rizzoli & Isles star, who started out in the industry as a child actor on Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson, committed suicide by gunshot. Young, only 29, was found dead on the morning of August 19 after the actor failed to show up for work. Thompson was found in his apartment with a gunshot wound to the right temple.

It’s now being reported that Young might have suffered from bipolar disorder right before his passing. The Los Angeles County coroner found that Lee Thompson Young was taking drugs to medicate his depression, and that no illicit substances were found in his body during his autopsy.

The coroner’s report states that Young had a history “of bipolar disorder and depression.” At the time of his death Lee Thompson Young was taking medication to help with his depression, those medications include Lithium and Quetiapine Fumarate, which came up in the toxicology report for Young.

According to a report a witness claims that before his death Lee Thompson made threats to take his own life, and wasn’t aware if it was over financial problems.

In an official announcement Lee Thompson Young’s agent Jonathan Baruch released a statement:

“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning. Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed.”

Rizzoli & Isles also released a statement about Lee Thompson Young following his tragic death:

“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 offscreen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace.”

Young scored the role of Detective Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles in 2010. Since Young’s passing the show has decided to go on a hiatus.

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