Broadway star 21 dies: Kyle Jean-Baptiste

Published: August 31, 2015

Broadway star 21 dies: Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American actor to play Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway, died Saturday after falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn. He was 21.

Join us as we congratulate @BaptisteKyle on his Jean Valjean debut! #LesMizBway

— Les Misérables (@LesMizBway) July 27, 2015
Police say Jean-Baptiste fell from the fourth-floor fire escape of an apartment on Greene Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant early Saturday morning. According to the Times, he was sitting on the fire escape with a 23-year-old female friend—when he stood up, he accidentally slipped and fell backward to the street below. Broadway World says the fire escape was at his mother’s apartment.

Jean-Baptiste played the roles of the Constable and Courfeyrac in the musical, and was the understudy for the lead role of Jean Valjean. He made his debut as #blackValjean on July 23rd, when leading man Ramin Karimloo was on vacation; he also became the youngest actor to play the role on Broadway. “Thank you for all the love! Last night was one of the best nights of my life,” he said the day after his debut.

Kyle Jean-Baptiste


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