Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway’s ‘Les Miserables’ Star, Dead at 21

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who just this month became the youngest actor and the first African-American to play Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, has died after accidentally falling off his mother’s fire escape, according to . He was only 21 years old.

Jean-Baptiste usually played Constable and Courfeyrac in “Les Miserables” but he was also the understudy for the role of Jean Valjean, and he recently found himself pressed into duty.

The young actor grew up in Brooklyn and was a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace. He performed in a number of regional shows including “Singin’ In the ,” “Music Man” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” and he also sang with “Hamilton” writer/star during the “#Ham4Ham” lottery show.

Thursday is my last Valjean on broadway. The ability to play this part on Broadway has been life changing. I’m so greatful.

– Kyle Jean- Baptiste () August 25, 2015

I thank everyone who supported me and still does. I will never forget this experience. Onwards and upwards ;). Nothing but love

– Kyle Jean- Baptiste () August 25, 2015

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