Broadway.com has announced that Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who was appearing in Les Miserables on Broadway, has died after accidentally falling from a fire escape. He was making his Broadway debut in the production at the age of 21.
Broadway.com wrote: "Baptiste made history this summer when he became the youngest person ever on Broadway to play the role of Jean Valjean, as well as being the first African-American to do so; he last performed the part on the evening of August 27, headliner Ramin Karimloo's scheduled night off. Along with understudying Valjean, Baptiste normally played the roles of Constable and Courfeyrac. A recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace, his regional theater credits included Enjolras in Les Miserables and Tom in Murder Ballad."
A spokesman for the show said: "The entire Les Miserables 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.”
West End Frame sends their deepest condolences to Kyle Jean-Baptiste's friends, family and colleagues