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    "Degrassi" Actor Jahmil French Has Died At 29, And The Cast Is Sharing Emotional Memories Of Him

    "Bhandurner forever in my heart."

    Actor Jahmil French, best known for playing Dave Turner on Degrassi: The Next Generation, has died at 29.

    Jahmil at TeenNick event
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    Jahmil starred on Degrassi from 2009 to 2013. He also had roles in several TV shows and movies, including Let's Get Physical and Netflix's Soundtrack.

    Jahmil with "Degrassi" co-stars
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    Several of Jahmil's Degrassi costars have shared emotional tributes following the news of his death:

    Melinda Shankar, who played his love interest, Alli, shared photos of them together, writing, "Bhandurner forever in my heart":

    "So grateful for memories and deep convos with you, beautiful angel. Blessed that we got to be part of a big dysfunctional family together," Melinda continued in another tweet. "Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I just hope you knew how loved you were."

    Dave and Alli on "Degrassi"
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    Luke Bilyk, who played Drew, called Jahmil a "beautiful soul" and thanked him for "the years of memories and laughter":

    Munro Chambers, who played Eli, called Jahmil "one of the most gifted and effortless performers" he'd ever met:

    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. ❤️

    Stefan Brogren, who played Snake, tweeted that Jahmil played Dave "with such sensitivity and thoughtfulness":

    I’m sick with the news of Jahmil’s passing. 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.

    Sam Earle, who played K.C., tweeted that "when life was messy, [Jahmil] would handle himself with grace and levity":

    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. When life got messy he would handle himself with grace and levity. https://t.co/gDxmXdb6IA

    Annie Clarke, who played Fiona, shared a video of Jahmil dancing and said this is how she'll always think of him:

    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 💔

    Jordan Todosey, who played Adam, thanked Jahmil for the memories "on and off of set":

    A sad day for the Degrassi family. With a heavy heart I thank you for all the times you made me laugh, taught me dance moves, and gave me confidence as Adam. Thinking of all the memories we shared on and off of set. ❤️

    A.J. Saudin, who played Connor, posted a tribute to Jahmil on his Instagram story, calling him "one of the funniest, kindest people":

    AJ calls Jahmil one of the most talented people he's worked with and the life of the party
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    Jessica Tyler, who played Jenna, shared a tribute on her Instagram story as well, reminiscing about their time on Degrassi together:

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    "At the end of the day, we are a family," Jessica wrote about her Degrassi costars. "Always have been, always will be. We are bound together, forever, by the unique experience we call Degrassi. A place that many of us would call home to this day."

    Dave and his friends on "Degrassi"
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    "Your kindness and bright light will not be forgotten," Jessica wrote. "Much love to you, my friend."

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