He also founded and for three years directed the Denver Mental Health Recreational and Athletic Association.In addition to his parents, Melinger is survived by his wife, Leverne, and daughter and son, Wendy and Dustin Melinger, all of Morrison; a brother, Michael Melinger of Eugene, Ore.; and a sister, Anne Melinger of Austin.Young followed his stint at Disney it with roles in TV series, including The Guardian, Scrubs and Smallville and in the films Akeelah and the Bee and The Hills Have Eyes II.Young joined Rizzoli & Isles when it debuted in 2010. Black of Baytown; a brother, Guy Black of Baytown; and grandparents, Mr and Mrs. A member of a well-known Baytown family, Melinger died early Thursday after a brief illness. His parents, Al and Helen Melinger, recently retired as the owners and operators of The Style Shoppe, a business founded many years ago by his grandparents, the late Harry and Sadye Blum. He also graduated summa cum laude from Denver's metropolitan college, where he earned his bachelor of science degree.
That said, those close to Young noticed things "really changed" a few years ago when he began practicing , an Africa-based religion which has a saying, "iku ya j'esin", meaning "death is preferable to ignominy." Some have questioned whether this means that suicide is an acceptable way to preserve personal or family honor in the face of public shame.
Lee Thompson Young, who starred in Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” and most-recently in TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” committed suicide, his manager told FOX411. Young’s body was discovered by his landlord, according to TMZ, after his co-stars from “Rizzoli & Isles” requested someone check in on the actor when he did not show up for work.
"Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young," a rep for the show said in statement.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," longtime manager Jonathan Baruch said in a statement.
“Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed.