Broadway: ‘Les Miserables’ Actor Dies After Falling From a Fire Escape

Kyle Jean-Baptiste died Saturday morning after falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn. He was 21. ...

Broadway’s overnight star Kyle Jean-Baptiste died Saturday after falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn.

Police say Kyle fell from the fourth-floor fire escape of his mother’s Brooklyn apartment early Saturday morning. According to the Times, he was sitting on the fire escape with a 23-year-old female friend—when he stood up, he accidentally slipped and fell backward to the street below.

The 21-year old made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables last month. Kyle was Broadway’s first African-American – and youngest – Jean Valjean.

After his July 23rd debut he told Playbill, “This was my dream since I was a little boy. This incredible team of creatives presented an opportunity to play a part I have dreamed of playing since I was introduced to theatre, and I am forever grateful. I felt a huge amount of responsibility to do right by them and to honor this iconic material.”

The Les Miz Facebook page confirmed his death in a 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.”


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