Degrassi Next Generation star Jahmil French ‘dies as cast pay tribute’

Jahmil French has reportedly died at the age of 29.

The Canadian star was best known for his role as Dave Turner in the teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation.

And he has also starred in the original show’s other offshoot Degrassi: Minis.

Following the news of the rising star’s death, Jahmil’s old friends and fellow cast members have flocked to social media to pay tribute.

"Bhandurner forever in my heart," a heartbroken Melinda Shankur wrote.

Actress Chloe Rose later posted on her Twitter page: "Still in shock. Jahmil will be missed.

"He was an integral part of the Degrassi family and certainly a huge part of my degrassi days.

"He always wanted to make people laugh and smile, a true joy to be around. Rest in Peace," she added next to a love heart emoji.

Fans were utterly devastated to learn the news, as one shared: "I been watching Degrassi since 2001 and I remember around 2007 or 2008 when they started introducing you and the other new cast I was like no I don’t want these new characters, but I instantly fell in love with the new cast.

"You were a talented actor and will be missed."

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"I’m in shock… RIP Jahmil French," another said sadly. "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," they added.

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Jahmil’s last social media action was to share a beaming happy selfie on his Instagram page over a month ago.

Posting to his followers, the actor captioned the snap with a simple smiley face emoji.

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