The Canadian actor Jahmil French from “Degrassi: The Next Generation” has died.
His agent, Gabrielle Kachman, confirmed the news in a statement to the Canadian press.
Kachman did not reveal details of his death, but noted that French “will be remembered by many for his passion for the arts, dedication to his craft, and vibrant personality”.
French played high school student Dave Turner on the Toronto teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
His other credits include the Netflix series “Soundtrack”, the pop TV show “Let’s Get Physical” and the Canadian film “Boost”, for which he received a 2018 Canadian Screen Award nomination for supporting actor.
According to various online bios, he was 29 years old.
The actor’s fans and friends paid tribute on social media Monday, including Degrassi’s colleague Annie Clark, who tweeted that she was “broken over the loss”. She also posted a video of him dancing on a stage, noting that she will always think of him.
“So full of energy and fun. He always danced. A real talent and a great friend. We will all miss you so much, Jahmil, ”wrote Clark.
Dylan Everett, who also appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation, tweeted that French was “nice, fun and talented.”
“As one of the first people I met on ‘Degrassi’, he immediately made me feel welcome,” wrote Everett. “He disarmed you with a smile and his confidence and energy were contagious. You will be missed, brother. “
Salvatore Antonio from Toronto tweeted that French was a long-time acting student of his, his mentee and “a special person.”
“He was fearless and brilliant in his pursuit, and I am so sad that we will not see more of his gift,” wrote Antonio.