LOS ANGELES — The production of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" has been suspended for the week as investigators hunt for the reason cast member Lee Thompson Young committed suicide.
Young, 29, was found dead Monday in his North Hollywood apartment with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.
"It's still a mystery. Evidently he was a clean-cut kid who didn't use alcohol and had no reported drug problem," a law enforcement source told the Daily News Tuesday.
The source said investigators recovered a gun at the scene but had not found a suicide note as of late Monday.
"He was ill. You don't just do this," a close friend who's known Young since he was a teenager told the Daily News.
The friend said Young practiced Yoruba, a faith based predominantly in Nigeria and southern Benin, and that he took a trip to a Yoruba village with him mom several months ago for a "beautiful ceremony."
"He was very close to his mother and sister," the friend said. "He had a great support network. He had his local priest and lots of good friends who were like family, including the 'Rizzoli' cast."
The friend said a report linking Young's depression to his faith was "a gross mischaracterization."
A better explanation, the friend said, is that Young was drawn to his faith because he yearned for enlightenment and may have been "too sensitive" for this world.
"He wouldn't even play characters that were bad. He was all about good," the friend said.
Cops discovered Young's body after he missed a call time on the set of "Rizzoli & Isles" and police were called.
The hit Boston police drama immediately halted production as news of his tragic passing spread.
"They plan to remain dark for the rest of the week," a source close to the production told the News.
The source said it was "too soon" to discuss how producers might move forward with scripts that include Young's cop character, Detective Barry Frost.
"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," TNT, Warner Bros. and executive producer Janet Tamaro said in a joint statement.
"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," the statement said.
"We're all just in total shock," his mom, Velma Love, told The News Monday.
The devastated mother was due to arrive in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life," his 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," Baruch said. "We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time."
Young, originally from South Carolina, rose to fame in the leading role of the Disney Channel series "The Famous Jett Jackson" and also portrayed running back Chris Comer in the 2004 movie "Friday Night Lights."
Actor Jordan Bridges, who plays Frankie Rizzoli, the onscreen brother of series co-star Angie Harmon, posted a final farewell on Twitter.
"Goodbye @Lee_T_Young," Bridges tweeted Monday. "I am shattered at your startling departure. It was an honor to work with you. Love and Prayers to your family."