He also founded and for three years directed the Denver Mental Health Recreational and Athletic Association.
In addition to his parents, Melinger is survived by his wife, Leverne, and daughter and son, Wendy and Dustin Melinger, all of Morrison; a brother, Michael Melinger of Eugene, Ore.; and a sister, Anne Melinger of Austin.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned and pronounced him dead at the scene, she said.
A host of stars took to Twitter to post their condolences: Gabrielle Union: 'I had the pleasure of working w/ #Lee Thompson Young on Flash Forward & he was an extremely talented beautiful soul. #RIP.'Solange Knowles: 'Very very sad to hear about Lee Thompson Young. My heart is aching…'Donald Faison: 'This breaks my heart.
He was always very kind, and such a light.'Glee‘s Jenna Ushkowitz: 'My deepest thoughts and love to the friends and family who knew Lee Thompson Young.'Tia Mowry: 'My heart goes out to Lee Thompson Young. RIP Lee Thompson Young.'Harry Shum Jr:: 'Feeling incredibly sad about Lee Thompson Young. #gonetoosoon.'Amber Riley: “Man…RIP #Lee Thompson Young #Jett Jackson…Everything that glitters isn’t gold.
Note: In more recent years, Leverne, also passed away.
Rosie was a life-long resident of Baytown, Texas where she graduated from Robert E.
News he had suffered from depression for some time leading up to his apparent suicide.
The star, who was 29 at the time of his death, "didn't drink or party," says a source, adding, "He was the opposite."We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. 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." Law enforcement officials told FOX411 they could not yet comment on Young's death.A., leaving him surrounded mostly by "industry types."Police discovered the erstwhile Disney star's body Monday when, after he didn't show up to set to film, his concerned coworkers sent the authorities to his home to investigate.In the wake of Young's death, production on the TNT show has been temporarily suspended.Lee Thompson Young, who starred in Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” and most-recently in TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” committed suicide, his manager told FOX411. Young’s body was discovered by his landlord, according to TMZ, after his co-stars from “Rizzoli & Isles” requested someone check in on the actor when he did not show up for work.