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    Lee Thompson Young Death: Rizzoli & Isles Halts Production Following Star's Apparent Suicide

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    Rizzoli & Isles is mourning a death in the family.

    A source confirms to E! News that the TNT procedural drama has suspended production temporarily in the wake of the death of costar Lee Thompson Young, who was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday.

    Per The Wrap, it remains unclear how long the series, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, will be shut down.

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    Police discovered the 29-year-old Young's body at his North Hollywood apartment after coworkers notified authorities that the actor failed to show up for work Monday morning.

    Young's manager confirmed that Young had committed suicide, and, per media reports, he purportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," manager Jonathan Baruch said in a statement. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time."

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    Authorities have yet to release the official cause of death.

    In a statement, Rizzoli & Isles executive producer Janet Tamaro, on behalf of TNT and Warner Bros., offered a heartfelt tribute Young, who had also appeared in the TV shows The Famous Jett Jackson and Scrubs, as well as the 2004 movie Friday Night Lights.

    "Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young," Tamaro said. "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."

    If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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