Jahmil French has sadly passed away at age 29.
The Canadian actor starred as Dave Turner on the beloved teen series “Degrassi”. He most recently played Dante Sands in Netflix’s “Soundtrack”.
French’s agent confirmed the news in a statement shared with ET Canada.
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French,” it read. “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.”
French’s “Degrassi” co-star Annie Clark took to Twitter to share her heartbreak on Tuesday.
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 💔 pic.twitter.com/hgKibZ1h1j
— Annie Clark (@anniejclark) March 2, 2021
“This video is how I’ll always think of him,” she wrote. “So full of energy and fun. He was always dancing. A true talent and a great friend.”
Melinda Shankar, who played French’s love interest on “Degrassi”, paid an emotional tribute to her “compassionate” friend.
Other “Degrassi” alumni, including Cristine Prosperi, Chloe Rose, and Jessica Tyler, also honoured French on social media.
My heart is so heavy.. Truly one of a kind. Rest In Peace 🕊 pic.twitter.com/vW31v2U5BL
— Cristine Prosperi (@CrisProsperi) March 2, 2021
Still in shock. Jahmil will be missed. He was an integral part of the Degrassi family and certainly a huge part of my degrassi days. He always wanted to make people laugh and smile, a true joy to be around. Rest in Peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/6RewkjcFa1
— Chloe Rose (@ChloeRose4) March 2, 2021
Rest easy, my friend. Your talent, kindness and shining bright light will never be forgotten ❤️🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/e0RuupVUe6
— Jessica Tyler (@JessicaTyler__) March 2, 2021
French’s “Soundtrack” co-star Christina Milian shared a heartfelt message underneath one of his posts on Instagram.
“You will be missed. Rest peacefully King,” she wrote.
French’s cause of death has not been revealed.