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After someone commits suicide, friends, family members and observers often look for a very clear indicator of why the person decided to take that route. Whether it be financial problems, the dissolving of a marriage or a recent firing, the reason isn’t as important to most as there simply being one. In the case of Famous Jett Jackson actor Lee Thompson Young, however, what exactly happened is still extremely unclear. He didn’t leave a note at the scene, and while some friends are saying he had a history of depression, his history or perhaps lack thereof with therapists hasn’t really emerged. As such, observers are going over his life with a microscope to try and find anything out of the ordinary, and over the past day or so, many have pointed to the actor’s interest in religion, culture and heritage.
According to E! Online, Young wasn’t a drinker, a smoker or a partier, but a few years back, he reportedly got very interested in the Yoruba culture. He visited Africa, started dressing in white and apparently became fascinated by the ancient religion some local residents practiced/ continue to practice. Some of his friends told the outlet they saw a change in him afterwards, and while he drifted away from the religion for awhile, he reportedly came back around in the months before his death. In the past, many have pointed to elevated suicide rates and some teachings related to death before dishonor in the belief system, but those involved have vociferously denied encouraging suicide.
Regardless of why Young decided to take his own life, his loss is a great tragedy. He was overflowing with talent as an actor, and by all accounts, he was a really genuine and likeable guy. His co-workers and his friends have spent the past few days praising him for what a joy he was to be around. His absence will no doubt affect Rizzoli And Isles in a negative way, and it’ll affect an unknown number of future projects he could have lent his talents too.
Following this week’s episode of Rizzoli & Isles, producers added a brief tribute to Lee. It doesn’t feature any sound or any complicated graphics, but it’s extremely touching in its simplicity. You can watch it below…