News broke mid-afternoon that former child star and accomplished actor Lee Thompson Young passed away from a possible suicide Monday.
Whether you came to love Young as Jett Jackson on the hit Disney TV show of the same name who lived a double life on and off screen or saw the promise in him in scene stealing roles in Flash Forward, Friday Night Lights and Rizzoli and Isles, one thing was clear: Young was truly loved.
Aside from being a heartthrob, many were glad to see Young was struck by the Disney star curse that seems to happen all to often: child star made famous from hit child star role can’t break out of child star slump. It’s happened, but not to Young.
His fans were happy and it seemed he may be.
I won’t dwell on his death, but I will share something that most will find appalling, but helped me come to appreciate: though I loved The Famous Jett Jackson, I disliked his character primarily because he never seemed to pursue Kayla enough. I know it sounds funny, but I never understood why he wouldn’t want to be with someone just as intelligent as he was and more.
When I look back at it, the show meant more to me than swooning over a guy whose talent I’ve come to appreciate. It introduced me to real situations concerning a young woman in high school and how an around the way guy managed to stay down to Earth while staring on his fictionalized TV show.
Most importantly, it united me and friends for phone convos into the night about the next episode will be about.
My thoughts are with Young’s family and I thank them for sharing a talented young man with the world.