Kyle Jean-Baptiste, ​1st black actor to play Jean Valjean on Broadway, dies in fall

August 30, 2015 1:58 AM

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste, ​1st black actor to play Jean Valjean on Broadway, dies in fall

NEW YORK -- Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21.

Jean-Baptiste died Friday night following the show's evening performance at the Imperial Theatre, representative Marc Thibodeau said, calling it a "tragic accident."

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