Jahmil French, the actor best known for his portrayal of Dave Turner on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” died on March 1, 2021 in Canada.
Born on July 29, 1992 in Toronto, Hill was 29 years old.
A cause of death has not been announced.
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French’s agent Gabrielle Kachman confirmed his death.
“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.”
Tributes Pouring In
Joshua Safran who served as an executive producer on French’s 2019 Netflix project “Soundtrack” shared his thoughts on Twitter.
“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.”
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
French’s “Degrassi” co-star Annie Clark who was Fiona Coyne from 2009-2013 shared a video of him dancing with her tribute.
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
Cristine Prosperi who portrayed Imogen Moreno on “Degrassi” from 2011 through 2015 shared this.
My heart is so heavy.. Truly one of a kind. Rest In Peace 🕊 pic.twitter.com/vW31v2U5BL
— Cristine Prosperi (@CrisProsperi) March 2, 2021
His onscreen love interest Melinda Shankar who played Alli Bhandari shared photos and this touching tribute.
“You will always hold such a special place in my heart. Thank you for being one of the most talented, compassionate, kindest, funniest friends I have. You were so loved… I’ll miss our dance offs. #Bhandurner forever.”
“Degrassi: The Next Generation”
The series aired from 2001 to 2015.
It was a Canadian-based show.
Jahmil French appeared in 149 episodes of the show from 2009-2013.
For his work on “Degrassi,” French earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance in a Children’s Youth Program/Series at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards in 2013.