Per TMZ, which was first to report on the tragedy, the 29-year-old actor suffered a fatal gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted.
ABC News has since confirmed Young’s death.
Production on the back half of Rizzoli’s current season was suspended Monday and possibly will take a short hiatus. A statement from TNT, Warner Bros. TV and Rizzoli & Isles EP Janet Tamaro reads as follows:
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. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.
Young’s TV credits include the title role in Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson (which ran from 1998 to 2001), Scrubs, FlashForward and Smallville (where he played Cyborg). On Rizzoli, he has costarred as Detective Barry Frost since the TNT series’ pilot.
On the big screen, he played running back Chris Comer in 2004′s Friday Night Lights.
The network renewed Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and Perception for fifth, third and third seasons respectively, the cabler announced Thursday.
Each series received 15-episode runs that will bow in Summer 2014.
Rizzoli‘s current season has performed well in the ratings: When you factor in Live+7 DVR playback, the series is averaging 8.4 million viewers, 2.3 million of which are in the advertiser-attractive 18-49 demo.
Jane and Maura will take break after Sept. 10 and return in early 2014.
Meanwhile, Closer offshoot Major Crimes will wrap Aug. 19 and finish up its second season with a run of episodes beginning in November. The Eric McCormack-starring Perception, which goes on hiatus after Aug. 27, will unspool the rest of its second season after the new year.
The trio of crime dramas joins Falling Skies, which received a fourth season renewal in July.