The heartbreaking news has just come in that Jahmil French has passed away...
He was just twenty-nine-years-old.
Of course, this terrible news has triggered a huge reaction online; with floods of tributes and condolences being sent in for the young actor.
Wanted to pay my respects to an incredibly kind, funny, and talented individual; Jahmil French. One of the first people I met on Degrassi, he immediately made me feel welcome. He disarmed you with a smile and his confidence and energy was infectious. You’ll be missed, brother.— Dylan Everett (@dylanevz) March 2, 2021
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
For those who haven’t already heard, we lost Jahmil French, who played Dave on Degrassi. In order to give his many fans and loved ones space to mourn, we’ve decided to suspend posting for today. If you’re upset and don’t have someone to talk to about this, our DMs are open 💙— Degrassi No Context (@degrassinocontx) March 2, 2021
That’s just not right... RIP Jahmil “Dave” 😞❤️— jack sehn (@fullsehnd) March 2, 2021
His character was always so noticeably charismatic and entertaining above others. It’s a shame he never got a proper send off in the show
Jahmil French was an incredible person, so full of talent and passion for his work. He lit up a room with his energy and dance moves. An easy smile and a natural charisma. He will be so missed— Aislinn Paul (@aislinnpaul) March 2, 2021
I’m in shock... RIP Jahmil French. I really hope this isn’t true, but if it is, I wanted to post my favorite Dave scene as a tribute and reminder of Jahmil’s talent & accomplishments. I really hope he’s at peace. 💔 pic.twitter.com/MZjaIX2Dfp— 𝗲𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗲. ♡ (@eeveepacini) March 2, 2021
RIP Jahmil French. He was such a fantastic actor on Degrassi. Whether you liked Dave or not, it was clear Jahmil had talent. An incredible talent gone too soon. 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/KRRorgAYuS— Manny Maddness 💕(brandi) (@queenidnarb) March 2, 2021
Jahmil French, we love you so much man, thank you so much for giving us Dave Turner. 💔🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/6X0ehmRcN0— K (@yslkiki) March 2, 2021
Jahmil was such a special human. A long-time acting student of mine, & my mentee. He was fearless and brilliant in his pursuit, and I’m so sad we won’t get to see more of his gift. I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with him, and I wish him eternal peace. 💫🖤— 𝗦𝗔𝗟𝗩𝗔𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗘 𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗢 (@SalvaTonio) March 2, 2021
RIP Jahmil French. Too soon. Too soon. 🙏🏽🕊— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) March 3, 2021
So young! 😞 RIP Jahmil French! You did an incredible job on Degrassi: The Next Generation— Chris Hernandez (@cwhernandez1996) March 2, 2021
Now, we probably all know Jahmil French best from his role as Dave Turner in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
The Canadian actor starred on Degrassi from 2009 - 2013; a role that would propel him further to stardom.
This groundbreaking role earned Jahmil a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards in 2013...
And of course, it lead to so much more for the young man.
Jahmil had a recurring role in the 2008 series Flashpoint...
And he also starred in the 2016 movie Boost and Netflix's Soundtrack.
So as you can see...
The young actor had an awful lot going for him.
Which is what makes today's news all the more heartbreaking.
On March 2nd, Jahmil's rep confirmed that the actor has passed away at the age of twenty-nine.
It was the news that nobody was expecting.
"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French," the statement started by saying.
"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."
Producer Joshua Safran also shared the heartbreaking news on social media.
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.— chisme chica (@Anthologist) March 2, 2021
"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."
At the time of writing, it is unknown as to what caused Jahmil's tragic death...
But our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this terrible time.
Rest in Peace, Jahmil.