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Broadway's 'Les Miserables' star Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies at 21

Broadway’s first black Jean Valjean, Kyle Jean-Baptiste, died after falling from a fire escape in New York.

Actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste (21) was the first African-American to play the lead role in a Broadway production of "Les Miserables". Picture: @BaptisteKyle via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American to play the lead role in a Broadway production of "Les Miserables," died in New York on Friday night.

According to a CNN report, Jean-Baptiste lost his life after falling from a fire escape.

The 21-year-old played the roles of the constable and Courfeyrac and was also the understudy for the lead role of Jean Valjean - this was apparently his dream role.