TMZ has reported that handsome 29-year-old actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead of an apparent suicide this morning after not coming in to work on his hit TNT series, Rizzoli & Isles. Many of you may remember him as the child star on the Disney channel series, “The Famous Jett Jackson” and as an adult in the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights.”

We also highlighted Young on our list of The Top 15 Young Actors Who Grew Up In A Major Way, he came in at #2 on our list as the sexiest young black former child actors in the industry.

Young was found dead in his apartment by his landlord of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lee’s publicist said, “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.”

This really shows you that no matter how successful, rich, sexy, famous or in-shape a person is, that exterior stuff can not fix internal issues we have. This is something we often see in the gay community where many depressed men with low self esteem think that being thinner, more attractive or having more money and trendy clothing/accessories will be the answer to whatever troubles they are going through.

We have preached there is no shame in seeking therapy if any of you have issues. Also, if you feel that a family member or friend is going through something, don’t hesitate to be an open, non-judgmental ear for them to speak to…sometimes just verbalizing internal issues makes them better to deal with.

We may have opinions on this website that some people don’t agree with, but we always welcome any and everyone to add their viewpoints to the conversation. We’re a community within a community within an even larger community…If we can help in any way, we’ll do our best to try.

If any of you want to reach out to myself, Nick Delmacy, or Ocky Williams through message or email for advice or just to help guide you to others that can help, do not hesitate. Over the last two years we have received emails from gay men both young and old seeking advice and have never felt burdened. We’ve also published quite a few articles on the subject of mental health as well.

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