Emerging Broadway star Kyle Jean-Baptiste died yesterday evening (Aug. 28) after reportedly accidentally falling from a fire escape, Playbill.com reports.
According to BroadwayWorld.com, the accident took place at his mother’s home.
Jean-Baptiste made history last month when he took the Broadway stage to play the iconic role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. He was both the first African American and youngest person to play the role.
The tragedy occurred after Jean-Baptiste’s final evening performance.
The cast and crew of Les Misérables released the following statement:
“The entire Les Misérables 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.”
Jean-Baptiste recently graduated from Baldwin Wallace University, Les Misérables was his first Broadway role.
According to Cleveland.com, Jean-Baptiste caught the eyes of Les Misérables casting directors when they attended his senior showcase. Jean-Baptiste sang “Glory,” the Academy Award-winning song from “Selma,” by John Legend and Common.
Jean-Baptiste was excited about his new role, taking to Twitter to express his joy:
What an indescribable lost. The world is darker without his talent and immense potential. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and the entire theater community.
Watch Jean-Baptiste perform “The Confrontation” with actor Brady Love below:
Broadway World has compiled videos of Jean-Baptiste’s performances. Watch them here.