News Young actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste to be remembered in service at Central Park's Bethesda Fountain Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway, died Aug. 28, 2015 after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21. The photo is from this year. Newsday's obituary for Kyle Jean-Baptiste Photo Credit: The Publicity Office By EMILY NGO firstname.lastname@example.org @epngo August 31, 2015 12:58 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Friends and fans of the young Broadway actor and "Les Misérables" star who died over the weekend in Brooklyn will honor his memory Monday afternoon at Central Park's Bethesda Fountain. Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, the first African-American and youngest actor to assume the role of Jean Valjean in the popular musical, died Saturday after an accidental fall from a fire escape at his mother's apartment in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. His "Les Mis" family has planned a memorial service for the tenor for 2 p.m. at the fountain, which features a bronze statue of a winged angel. recommended reading Campaign to dim Broadway lights for newcomer, trailblazer Kyle Jean-Baptiste Jean-Baptiste's final "Les Misérables" performance was Aug. 27. A separate social media campaign -- with #dim4kyle -- has begun to have the Broadway lights dimmed in honor of Jean-Baptiste. By EMILY NGO email@example.com @epngo Emily Ngo covers the White House and national politics for Newsday, having followed President Donald Trump to Washington, D.C., after following him on the campaign trail. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.