The first African-American and the youngest actor to ever play the lead on Broadway in Les Miserables has died at 21.
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, died on Friday night after falling from a fire escape at his mother’s 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.