Jahmil French, 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' Actor, Dies at 29

Jahmil French
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The Canadian actor played Dave Turner for several seasons on the Canadian teen drama and also appeared on Netflix's 'Soundtrack' series.

Jahmil French, who played Dave Turner for several seasons on Degrassi: The Next Generation, has died. He was 29.

"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French. 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," Gabrielle Kachman, French's agent at The Gersh Agency, told THR in a statement.

There was no immediate cause of death for French, who died on March 1. Born on July 29, 1991 in Toronto, French also played the character of Anthony 'A-Mac' Macdonald in the 2016 indie film Boost and appeared in the 2018 sci-fi drama At First Light and Netflix musical drama series Soundtrack.

"I can confirm my good friend, co-worker, and all around inspiration, Jahmil French, passed away yesterday. Only posting because I see the story getting out there. I will have more to say about him later. Right now we’re all just processing this devastating news," Soundtrack creator Josh Safran said on his Twitter account.

Veteran Degrassi star Stefan Brogren also expressed his shock and sadness over French's passing. "I’m sick with the news of Jahmil’s passing. He performed Dave with such sensitivity and thoughtfulness and could make me laugh so easily. It was a pleasure to work with him and he will be missed. This is a real loss. Rest In Peace," Brogren said on Twitter.