‘Degrassi’ Actor Jahmil French Dies at 29


Jahmil French, who performed Dave Turner on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” died on Monday, his agent Gabrielle Kachman confirmed to Variety. He was 29.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French,” she mentioned in an announcement. “He will be remembered by many for his passion for the arts, his commitment to his craft, and his vibrant personality. I ask that you keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

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A explanation for demise has not but been confirmed.

Producer Joshua Safran tweeted about French’s demise on Tuesday morning. “I can confirm my good friend, co-worker, and all around inspiration, Jahmil French, passed away yesterday,” he wrote. “Right now we’re all just processing this devastating news.”

Safran labored with French on the short-lived Netflix collection “Soundtrack,” a musical drama set in Los Angeles the place French performed Dante Mendoza, who works to regulate to life exterior of jail.

French is finest identified for his position as Dave, who first entered the “Degrassi” universe in 2009 as a brand new pupil intent on attaining reputation. He stayed on the present till 2013 and, throughout that point, earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination.

Stefan Brogren, who performed Snake on “Degrassi: Next Class” and served as a collection producer, paid tribute to French on Twitter. “He performed Dave with such sensitivity and thoughtfulness and could make me laugh so easily,” Brogren wrote. “It was a pleasure to work with him and he will be missed. This is a real loss. Rest In Peace.”

“Degrassi” co-star Melinda Shankar, who performed French’s main love curiosity, Alli Bhandari, mirrored on their time collectively: “So grateful for memories and deep convos with you, beautiful angel. 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.”

On Instagram, Annie Clark, who portrayed Fiona Coyne within the teen drama, wrote about her first reminiscence of French.

“We started on ‘Degrassi’ the same year and I’ll never forget the day I met him. Jahmil was so full of energy and absolute joy to be around.”

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