In a tragic turn of events, the police procedural’s writers were forced to kill off Frost because of actor Lee Thompson Young’s death in 2013.
When the 29-year-old didn’t show up for work on Aug. 19, police were called to perform a wellness check at his L.A. apartment. They found the former Disney Channel star dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to various reports, the South Carolina native suffered from bipolar disorder and had been struggling with depression before he took his own life. “Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed,” his manager, Paul Baruch, said at the time.
“Everyone at [Rizzoli & Isles] is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young,” the series’ executive producer, Janet Tamaro, noted in a statement. “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 off screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile, and soulful grace,” she added. “We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends, and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”
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