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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
BY NANCY DILLON
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ star, 29, was taking medication for bipolar disorder and was also suffering from depression when he shot himself in the head in August, a report from the Los Angeles County Coroner said. Lithium and Quetiapine Fumarate were detected in his blood, but no traces of opiates, alcohol, cocaine or other drugs were found in his system.
LOS ANGELES — The star of TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” who committed suicide in August had a history of bipolar disorder, authorities revealed Tuesday.
Lee Thompson Young, 29, was taking medication for the condition and also suffered from depression when he shot himself in his right temple while sitting on the couch of his North Hollywood bachelor apartment, a report from the Los Angeles County Coroner said.
“He was known to take his medications” and “appeared okay” when he last spoke with his doctor on Aug. 14, the report said.
Lithium capsules and Quetiapine Fumarate tablets were found in his residence, and both drugs were detected in his blood.
No traces of opiates, alcohol, cocaine or other drugs were found in his system.
Young was found Aug. 19 after he missed a call time on a production set and his manager requested a welfare check. The last time anyone spoke to him was Aug. 17.
Coroner officials said Young’s doctor was not aware of any financial problems or suicidal threats or attempts.
The gun recovered from the scene was a 40 caliber Sig Sauer semi-automatic registered to Young, the coroner report said.
The actor didn’t leave a suicide note, and his specific motive remains a mystery, officials said.
“He was ill. You don’t just do this,” a close friend who’s known Young since he was a teenager previously told the Daily News.
The friend said Young was religious, following the faith practiced by the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria and southern Benin.
He took a trip to a Yoruba village with him mom several months before his death and attended a “beautiful ceremony,” the friend said.