|Kyle Jean-Baptiste passed away.|
Broadway is mourning the death of a famed entertainer. Kyle Jean-Baptiste died yesterday after falling from a four story fire escape at his mother's home.
World News Today send our condolences to the family of Kyle Jean-Baptiste.
CNN reports that Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who made history as the first African-American to play the lead role Les Misérables.
Earlier that evening he had attended a concert at 54 Below by friend and classmate Andrew Kotzen.
The evening before, Jean-Baptiste had participated in his closing performance of Les Misérables. He was aged 21.
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 Les Misérables production released a statement 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."
Other Broadway stars and entertainers tweeted their condolences, including Kristin Chenoweth, Debra Messing, Josh Groban, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ansel Elgort and Lin-Manuel Miranda.