'Degrassi' star Jahmil French dead at 29

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Actor Jahmil French, best known for playing Dave Turner on teen drama series “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” has died, his spokesperson confirmed to the Daily News Tuesday.

He was 29.

“I can confirm my good friend, co-worker, and all around inspiration, Jahmil French, passed away yesterday,” producer Joshua Safran, who worked with French on Netflix’s “Soundtrack,” tweeted. I will have more to say about him later. Right now we’re all just processing this devastating news.”

The actor’s cause of death has not been publicly released.


French appeared in nearly 150 episodes of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” between 2009 and 2013 on Canadian network CTV.

Most recently, he starred in “Soundtrack,” a musical series, alongside Jenna Dewan, Paul James, Callie Hernandez and Madeleine Stowe.

“You will always hold such a special place in my heart,” Melinda Shankar, who played his love interest on “Degrassi,” wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for being one of the most talented, compassionate, kindest, funniest friends I have. You were so loved. Sharing some of my fav pics over the years to highlight his bright light. I’ll miss our dance offs.”

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