Jean-Baptiste made history just weeks ago when, as the understudy for the "Les Mis" character "Jean Valjean," he took the stage as both the youngest and the first African-American actor to play the part on Broadway.
RIP Kyle Jean-Baptiste. My love and hugs to his family. And the cast of @LesMiserables— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) August 29, 2015
He was just getting started. So sad. My condolences as well to family and cast. https://t.co/1q6r0wmG1f— josh groban (@joshgroban) August 29, 2015
Very sad. Prayers going out to the family of Kyle Jean-Baptiste. Hug someone you love extra tight.... http://t.co/iSInuUA9SJ— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) August 29, 2015
Unbelievable. Heartbreaking. RIP Kyle Jean Baptiste https://t.co/iBbH7zLjHO— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) August 29, 2015
This is so unspeakably tragic. Thinking of his family and all who loved him🙏🏻 https://t.co/rjzSIQ1FYh— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 29, 2015
The "Les Mis" company released the following statement:
"The entire 'Les Miserables' family is 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."
Watch and listen to a collection of Jean-Baptiste's greatest performances here.