Actor Jahmil French, best known for playing Dave Turner on Degrassi: The Next Generation, has died aged 29.
French also had roles in Netflix series Soundtrack, Pop series Let’s Get Physical, Canadian medical drama Remedy, and WE-tv legal drama The Divide. A cause of death has not been revealed at this time.
The news was confirmed by French's friend and Soundtrack co-star Chisme Chica, who wrote on Twitter, “I can confirm my good friend, co-worker, and all around inspiration, Jahmil French, passed away yesterday.
“Only posting because I see the story getting out there. I will have more to say about him later. Right now we’re all just processing this devastating news.”
Singer and fellow Soundtrack actor Christina Milian also commented under French's last Instagram post, saying: “You will be missed. Rest peacefully King”.
Degrassi co-star Melinda Shankar also wrote a tribute on Twitter: “Bhandurner forever in my heart. So grateful for memories and deep convos with you, beautiful angel.”
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She added, “Blessed that we got to be part of a big dysfunctional family together. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I just hope you knew how loved you were.”
Degrassi co-star Cristine Prosperi also re-posted tributes on her Instagram Story, including one from fellow Degrassi actor Jessica Tyler.
“Our hearts are heavy … Though not all of us have kept in close contact since Degrassi ended – and not for any reason other than the simple fact that time and life go on – at the end of the day, we are a family,” she wrote.
“You are so loved, Jahmil. My heart goes out to you and your family. Rest in Peace. Your kindness and bright light will not be forgotten.”
Another Degrassi actor, Annie Clark, posted a tribute, writing, “Heartbroken over the loss of our friend Jahmil French. This video is how I’ll always think of him. So full of energy and fun. He was always dancing. A true talent and a great friend. We will all miss you so much Jahmil.”