This is the third young celebrity death I've had to report in the past week, and the second suicide. If suicide is on your mind, please please please call someone. Lee Thompson Young, star of The Famous Jett Jackson, Friday Night Lights (the movie), and Rizzoli & Isles, was found dead in his home of an apparent suicide. He was 29.
Law enforcement sources say Young did not leave a suicide note. The actor was last seen on Saturday and police believe he may have taken his life some time that day.
The executive producer of "Rizzoli & Isles" tells us, "Everyone at [the show] is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young."
She adds, "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."
So many condolences. [TMZ]
Lady Gaga wrote a stern note to her fans, lovingly admonishing them for bullying her online haters:
I know how angry you feel sometimes, and I know that when they say things about me you feel that they are saying them about you as well. But music is about love, and is about sharing in the magic of theater. Although pop culture and society have become more negative and critical of the artist over the years, by engaging in this negativity
you are allowing it to spread.
I ask you to take a pledge with me to continue the change toward
positivity, and to recognize that this behavior is wrong. We are stronger than this. We know what we stand for, and what we stand for is bravery. I know this because what I see on the internet is not what
I see at my shows. People deal with their insecurities in many
different ways. The anonymous nature of social media has made it easy for many to vent their anger by bullying others with no recourse or
accountability. But this is not a healthy way to handle your emotions.
Leif Garrett weighs in with some advice for Justin Bieber. FINALLY.
"Do not believe your own publicity," the now 51-year-old actor warned Bieber in an interview with FoxNews.com when asked if he had any advice for the 19-year-old heartthrob. "Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work. Every scum bag, every drug dealer, every chicken hawk wants a piece of you."
"When you've got that sort of power at that young age, and everything at your doorstep, you put out that bad boy image. At that age, testosterone, hormones, all of the money, you see what else you can get away with," Garrett continued. "He's also doing a lot of charity work."
I blame VH1 circa 1999 for my encyclopedic knowledge of Leif Garrett. [E!]
- DICK VAN DYKE'S JAGUAR BURST INTO FLAMES BUT IT'S OKAY HE ESCAPED SO YOU CAN STOP CRY-PERVENTILATING NOW. [TMZ]
- Brody Jenner turned 30 in Vegas. [Us]
- Here's Jude Law sitting in front of a big monkey. [Vulture]
- RuPaul Drives! [WoW]
- Johnny Depp and Amber Heard went to a Cry Baby reunion at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and it was all pretty goddamn darling. [ONTD]
- New Prince George photos! And he can't even be bothered to wake up. [Us]
- Joshua Jackson is on crutches. [JustJared]
- It is bizarre to me how little time we spend talking about the existence of armadillos. And PLEASE DON'T GET ME STARTED ON PANGOLINS.
Images via AP.