‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Will Say Goodbye To Cast Member

By: Emily Greene - March 19, 2014

Last August fans of Lee Thompson Young, as well as those of Rizzoli & Isles, were shocked to hear that Young had died from an apparent suicide.

Production of Rizzoli & Isles halted for a bit after Young’s death. At the time show creator Janet Tamaro said in a statement, “Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. 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.”

Young’s death had many wondering how the show would address his passing in the upcoming season.

On Wednesday, star Angie Harmon took to Twitter to let fans of Young and the show know they would be addressing Young with “love, honor, and respect” in their upcoming fifth season.

The episode that aired after Young’s death was dedicated to the actor with a memorial card onscreen that said, “In Loving Memory of Lee Thompson Young, 1984 – 2013.” Silent footage of young playing his Rizzoli & Isles character Detective Barry Frost followed the memorial card.

During Tuesday night’s season finale, fans and followers of the show and cast members noticed their absence on Twitter, where they can normally be found live-tweeting. Executive producer Jan Nash explained it was out of respect for Young.

Season 5 of Rizzoli & Isles will air June 17 on TNT.

Image via Rizzoli & Isles, Twitter.

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  • Guest

    It was a little confusing when the series started up again and he was still on the show.

  • Nana Berry

    It was a little confusing when the show started up again and he was still on the show. He will be missed. It was such a shame that he died like this.

  • FrizzHed

    This garbage fest is still on the air?

    • Lensming

      No one is forcing you to watch, asshole.

  • montana woman

    I was confused a bit and had to go back and make sure that I was remembering correctly that he had, indeed, died. So sad. What a waste.

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  • mardec

    It was a shock to the fans of the show as well. He came across as intelligent and kind, as well as handsome, and will be missed by fans who cannot understand why such an accomplished actor would do this. My deepest sympathy to his mother and family.