Kyle Jean Baptiste—an actor that made history as the first African American performer to play Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of “Les Miserables”—died on Friday night in New York City.
Kyle reportedly died after he accidentally slipped on a fire escape. Sources say that “he was sitting on the fire escape with a 23-year-old female friend when he stood up, slipped, and fell. He died at the tender age of 21-years-old after recently graduating from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio.
Kyle initially joined the Broadway production of “Les Miserables” in May as an ensemble cast member and was quickly promoted to play the lead role Jean Valjean which he has described as his “dream role.”
“Les Miserables” was Kyle’s Broadway debut.
Following his death, the “Les Miserables” Facebook page posted a message about Kyle saying that the company 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.”
Kyle was also scheduled to join the cast of “The Color Purple” on Broadway in September.
Check out Kyle’s Instagram page here:
Our hearts and prayers go out to Kyle’s family and friends at this time. May he rest in peace.