'Les Mis' actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway's first black Jean Valjean, dies

August 29, 2015 11:19 PM

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'Les Mis' actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway's first black Jean Valjean, dies

(CNN)Actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who made history as the first African-American to play the lead role in a Broadway production of "Les Miserables," died Friday in New York.

"The entire Les Miserables family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle, a remarkable young talent and tremendous person who made magic -- and history -- in his Broadway debut," the production said in a statement. "We send our deepest condolences to his family and ask that ...

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