NEW YORK — One of the stars of "Les Miserables" has died after a tragic accident at his mother's home.
Broadway World reports Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, died Friday evening after falling off his mother's fire escape.
The company released a statement to Broadway World saying:
"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."
Jean-Baptiste was the understudy for Jean Valjean. He made history earlier this month as the first African-American actor to play the coveted role. He was also the youngest Jean Valjean to appear on Broadway. He regularly appeared as Constable and Courfeyrac.
He was thrilled to make his debut as what Twitter dubbed #blackValjean on July 23, stepping into the role while leading man Ramin Karimloo was on vacation.
"Thank you for all the love! Last night was one of the best nights of my life," he said the day after his debut.
Broadway composer and "Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda acknowledged the landmark in a tweet parodying 'Les Mis' lyrics.
Miranda was one of many Broadway luminaries to mourn his death, calling it "unimaginable." Earlier this month, the two faced off in song outside the Richard Rodgers Theater for Miranda's musical video series, #Ham4Ham.
His last day as Valjean was August 27. He posted on Facebook that he would be joining Jennifer Hudson in a revival of "The Color Purple."
Debra Messing, Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Groban also paid tribute to the death of a rising star.
Jean-Baptiste was asked to join the Broadway cast in May, one day after graduating with a degree in music theater from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio, according to Cleveland.com.
His alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University, posted on Facebook that they were "incredibly saddened by the loss" of one of their own.
The actor grew up in Brooklyn and went to Fiorello LaGuardia High School for vocal performance.