Jahmil French death: Degrassi The Next Generation star dies aged 29

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<p>Jahmil French, Degrassi: The Next Generation star, dies aged 29</p> (Getty Images)

Jahmil French, Degrassi: The Next Generation star, dies aged 29

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”