Ansel Elgort Remembers Classmate Kyle Jean-Baptiste After Tragic Death

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Ansel Elgort Remembers Classmate Kyle Jean-Baptiste After Tragic Death

by The Insider 2:04 mins

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars were left devastated when groundbreaking Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste died on Friday night at the age of 21 after a tragic fall from his mother’s fire escape. Ansel Elgort shared his memories of performing in a high school production of "Hairspray" while both attended New York's famed performing arts high school, LaGuardia, together. "What I remember most above his talent was his warmth," the "Divergent" actor wrote. "He went on to make history being the first black actor to play Jean Valjean on Broadway in lesmiz. Rest in peace brother. This tragedy shows that people can go in an instant, while we are here we must chase our dreams. Kyle did and he made history." Baptiste was not only the first African American to play the lead role in "Les Miserables" on Broadway, but also the youngest actor to step into the part. Other stars like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristin Chenoweth, and Josh Groban expressed their condolences on Twitter as well. Check out the video to learn how the Twittersphere is rallying to help honor Baptiste’s memory on Broadway and tune in to "The Insider With Yahoo" on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.