Canadian actor Jahmil French, who is famously known for starring in the teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation as Dave Turner, has died.
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French,” the 29-year-old’s agent Gabrielle Kachman reported on Tuesday. “He will be remembered by many for his passion for the arts, his commitment to his craft, and his vibrant personality.”
“I ask that you keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
The circumstances surrounding the star’s death remain unclear.
The co-creator and executive producer of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Linda Schuyler, said in a statement that French was an
“extraordinary talent and a bright light on and off the screen.”
“He brought an authenticity and burst of life to every scene he was in and infused his character ‘Dave’ with an airy lightness,” Schuyler said. “Off screen, Jahmil would always make me smile. He will be deeply missed.”
Joshua Safran, creator of the Netflix series Soundtrack, which French additionally featured in, also spoke of his death on Tuesday.
“I can confirm my good friend, co-worker, and all-around inspiration, Jahmil French, passed away yesterday,” Safran wrote. “Only posting because I see the story getting out there. I will have more to say about him later. Right now we’re all just processing this devastating news.”
Many of French’s Degrassi co-stars have as well taken to Twitter to remember the late star.
Toronto-born Cristine Prosperi, who appeared as Imogen Moreno in the Degrassi, said French was “truly one of a kind” and that her “heart is so heavy.”
Annie Clark, who also played in the series, said that she is “heartbroken over the loss” of French.
“So full of energy and fun,” Clark stated. “He was always dancing. A true talent and a great friend. We will all miss you so much, Jahmil.”
As per IMDb, French was featured in 149 episodes of Degrassi between 2009 and 2013. He started his acting career in the Canadian Drama Flashpoint in 2009.