I think we can all agree we love when our culture is being talked about internationally but in this case it isn’t worth celebrating.
Last Tuesday American TV star Lee Thompson Young was reported to have tragically taken his own life. Lee, known for his role on Disney Channel‘s The Famous Jett Jackson show was 29.
Sources close to the late actor revealed exclusively to E! Entertainment that he had suffered from depression for some time leading up to his apparent suicide.
The source also tells the entertainment network that he “Did not drink or party. He was opposite, Lee loved to travel and was always the first to tell everyone to take a breath and enjoy the beauty of life.”
E! News later reports that sources close to the talented actor, said he “really changed” a few years ago, when he began practicing Yorùbá, an African based religion all which has the saying “iku ago I esin” meaning death is preferable to ignominy.”
Chief Priest of Osogbo, Araba Ifayemi Osundagbonu Elebuibon was even mentioned in the report. He told the National Mirror that the Yorùbá religion does not “support suicide. The person who commits suicide will be punished in the hereafter”.
Lee was reported to have taken “his practice to the next level and started wearing white all the time”. “The religion was everything to him” said another source. He was also said to have taken a break from practicing Yorùbá, but recently returned to the religion.
Lee also visited a small town in Africa for something reportedly related to the religion.
Lee Thompson Young was a star in The Rizzoli & Isles show. Celebrities including Solange Knowles, Keke Palmer have sent out tweets on his tragic death.
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