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Degrassi’s Jahmil French Dies at 29: Costars Mourn the Actor


Gone too soon. Jahmil French, who played Dave Turner on Degrassi for more than 100 episodes, has died at the age of 29.

Former Degrassi star, director and producer Stefan Brogren confirmed the news on Tuesday, March 2.

“I’m sick with the news of Jahmil’s passing,” Brogren, 48, tweeted. “He performed Dave with such sensitivity and thoughtfulness and could make me laugh so easily. It was a pleasure to work with him and he will be missed. This is a real loss. Rest In Peace.”

French joined the cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation during season 9, which premiered in 2009. The series, which was the fourth installment of the Canadian franchise, was known simply as Degrassi for seasons 10 through 14. French last appeared on the series in a season 13 episode in 2013. The most recent version of the show, Degrassi: Next Class, ran for four seasons on Netflix, but the late actor didn’t appear.

French’s character Dave’s main love interest on the show was Melinda Shanka’s Alli Bhandari.

“So grateful for memories and deep convos with you, beautiful angel,” the actress tweeted on Tuesday. “Blessed that we got to be part of a big dysfunctional family together. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I just hope you knew how loved you were.”

After his lengthy run on the Canadian series, French appeared on the Netflix series Soundtrack, which ran for one season and started streaming in 2019.

“I can confirm my good friend, co-worker, and all around inspiration, Jahmil French, passed away yesterday,” Soundtrack creator Josh Safran wrote via Twitter. “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.”

Scroll through to see more tributes from French’s former costars:

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Annie Clark

“Heartbroken over the loss of our friend Jahmil French,” Clark, who played Fiona Coyne on Degrassi, tweeted alongside a video of the late actor dancing. “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.”

Courtesy Annie Clark/Instagram

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Melinda Shankar

Shankar also shared a series of photos with French on and offscreen.

Courtesy Melinda Shankar/Twitter

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Cristine Prosperi

Prosperi, who portrayed Imogen on Degrassi, tweeted, “My heart is so heavy … Truly one of a kind. Rest In Peace.”

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Munro Chambers

“Jahmil was one of the most gifted and effortless perfomers I’ve ever met. His vibrant personality lit up the room. Rest easy my friend,” the actor, who played Eli on Degrassi, wrote via Twitter.

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Sam Earle

Earle, who is known for his role as KC on Degrassi, replied to Brogren’s post.

“Jahmil had such talent and charisma that it would have been intimidating were he not also a real gentleman. He would show up to my house-parties with a crew of dancers and they would elevate the mood immediately,” he wrote. “When life got messy he would handle himself with grace and levity.”

Courtesy Sam Earle/Instagram

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Chloe Rose

Rose played Katie Matlin on Degrassi. “Still in shock,” she tweeted. “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.”

Courtesy Chloe Rose/Instagram

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Jessica Tyler

Tyler is known for her role as Jenna on Degrassi. “Our hearts are heavy … Though not all of us have kept in close contact since Degrassi ended – and not for any reason other than the simple fact that time and life go on – at the end of the day, we are a family,” the actress wrote. “You are so loved, Jahmil. My heart goes out to you and your family. Rest in Peace. Your kindness and bright light will not be forgotten.”

Courtesy Jessica Tyler/Instagram

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Jake Goldsbie

Goldsbie was an OG on Degrassi: The Next Generation. His character, Toby, graduated before French’s Dave was a character. “I didn’t know Jahmil very well but the few times I got to hang out with him, he was an absolute joy. Just a wonderful presence to be around. This is very sad,” Goldsbie tweeted.

Courtesy Jake Goldsbie/Instagram

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AJ Saudin

“Still doesn’t and will never feel real. Rest In Peace Jahmil,” Saudin, who played Connor on Degrassi, tweeted.

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