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    Default Kyle Jean-Baptiste, lead actor in Les Miserables on Broadway, has died aged 21

    Les Mis lead actor dies in fire escape fall

    Les Mis lead actor dies in fire escape fall

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    The first African-American actor to ever play the lead on Broadway in Les Miserables has died at 21.

    Kyle Jean-Baptiste, also the youngest to take on the role, died on Friday night after falling from a fire escape at his motherís house, reports said.

    Les Miserables theatre company said it was "shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle, a remarkable young talent and tremendous person who made magic - and history - in his Broadway debut".

    "We send our deepest condolences to his family and ask that you respect their privacy in this unimaginably difficult time," it said in a statement.

    Jean-Baptiste was an understudy for the role but finally made his history-making debut as Valjean - played by Hugh Jackman in the film version - on 23 July.

    He said playing the part "was my dream since I was a little boy".

    On 25 August, he tweeted that the experience had been "life changing".

    "I thank everyone who supported me and still does. I will never forget this experience. Onwards and upwards . Nothing but love," he added.

    Jean-Baptiste was born in New York and Les Miserables was his Broadway debut, following his graduation from Baldwin Wallace University.
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    Tragic. RIP.


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    Very sad to hear this. Godspeed.

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    How awful. I hope that his family, friends, and coworkers can find some comfort and peace.

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    So terribly sad.

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