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Manager confirms ex-Disney star committed suicide

Lee Thompson Young's manager has confirmed that the actor took his own life in a statement obtained by NBC News.

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 truly be missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time.

– Jonathan Baruch

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Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young dead at 29

Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young, best known for his lead role in the 1990s series The Famous Jett Jackson, has died in Los Angeles, a police spokeswoman said, he was 29.

Lee Thompson Young pictured in 2009 has died aged 29. Credit: LuMar Jr/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Young was found dead by police at his home in the North Hollywood area of the city early on Monday, after colleagues on the TNT cable drama series Rizzoli & Isles called authorities to say he had not turn up for work, Sergeant Jerretta Sandoz said.

The actor most recently starred as Detective Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles.

Disneyland employee charged after explosion

File photo: The Castle at Disneyland Credit: Christian Ender/DPA/Press Association Images

A Disneyland employee has been charged with possessing a destructive device, two days after a small explosion in a rubbish bin prompted the evacuation of the Mickey's Toontown section of the Walt Disney Co California theme park, prosecutors said.

Christian Barnes, 22, faces up to six years in prison if he is convicted.

Mark Hamill 'in talks' about appearing in new Star Wars trilogy

Mark Hamill has told Entertainment Tonight that he is 'intrigued' by the new trilogy announced last October and confirmed he talking to LucasFilms about reprising his character Luke Skywalker in the new films.

Writer and director George Lucas poses with Mark Hamill at the 30th anniversary screening of Star Wars Credit: Reuters

Hamill, 61, said; "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out."

Although the star did say he had yet to sign any contracts.

Fuelling hopes for Star Wars fans everywhere that the first Jedi to hit the silver screen could soon be back.


Disney chairman: Star Wars deal to generate 'significant long-term value'

Robert Iger, chairman of the Walt Disney Company, said the deal would "generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas.

This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.

– Robert A. Iger, Chairman, The Walt Disney Company

Lucas: 'It's time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers'

LucasFilm Chairman George Lucas said the deal was aimed at ensuring that Star Wars would "flourish for many generations to come."

For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next.

It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.

I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.

Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.

– George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm
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