“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,” a joint statement on behalf of TNT, Warner Bros. and executive producer Janet Tamaro read. “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. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”
Tamaro also tweeted about the tragedy, “We are all without the words to truly express our collective grief and profound sadness at the loss of such a sweet, bright light. We are broken-hearted. #RIPLeeThompsonYoung”
“Nothing any of us can say will adequately express our sadness over Lee’s untimely passing — our thoughts are with his loved ones and the many fans of his work,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in an email statement.
Rizzoli & Isles was just renewed for its fifth season last week. Production has been shut down after Young’s death, Deadline reports. Huffington Post suggests the show could go on a hiatus to allow the cast and crew to grieve. When (or even if) the show will continue is unknown.