A tragic accident has claimed the life of a rising Broadway star. 21-year-old Kyle Jean-Baptiste died Saturday after falling from his mother's fourth floor fire escape in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn native was a cast member in Les Miserables--making history as the youngest actor to play the main character Jean Valjean. He was also the first African American to do so.
Family, friends, and fans gathered at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park on Monday to remember and pay tribute to him.
The details of how he fell remain unclear. The Broadway community expressed their condolences. Actress Kristin Chenoweth tweeted: "RIP Kyle Jean-Baptiste. My love and hugs to his family and the cast of Les Miserable."