News reported that he fell from his mother’s fire escape to his death at 21 years of age on Friday 28 Aug, confirmed by Hollywood Reporter.
Jean-Baptiste was best known for becoming the youngest actor and the first African American to play Jean Valjean in the stage of Les Miserables.
The 6″2 was an understudy for the Jean Valjean role, played by Hugh Jackman in the 2012 film adaptation. His first show was on July 23, and he tweeted about his last performance on August 25.
“Thursday is my last Valjean on broadway. The ablility to play this part on Broadway has been life changing. I’m so greatful. @LesMizBway,” he worte. “I thank everyone who supported me and still does. I will never forget this experience. Onwards and upwards ;). Nothing but love.”
Shortly after the news broke, twitter hosted the last respect posts from stars.
Broadway veteran Kristin Chenoweth: “RIP Kyle Jean-Baptiste. My love and hugs to his family. And the cast of @LesMiserables,” Josh Groban: “He was just getting started. So sad. My condolences as well to family and cast.”
Ansel Elgort who grew up with him also got the news and tweeted: “I played opposite Kyle Jean-Baptiste in hairspray in high school at Laguardia, what I remember most above his talent was his warmth.”