YASS, Australia, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Actor and singer Jason Raize, who played Simba in the original Broadway production of "The Lion King," has died in Yass, Australia. He was 28.
Raize, whose full name was Jason Raize Rothenberg, had been out of contact with his family, so it is unknown whether he was living in Yass, southwest of Sydney, or traveling there at the time of his death, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
Chris Boneau, a spokesman for the Disney Company, producer of "The Lion King," said Raize killed himself on Feb. 3.
Last year Raize provided the voice of Denahi, an Ice Age boy who does battle with a bear who turns out to be his younger brother, in the Disney animated film "Brother Bear."
The actor, who grew up in Oneonta, N.Y., is survived by his father, Robert Rothenberg, and stepmother, Monet Rothenberg, both of Oneonta; his mother, Sarah MacArthur of Wrentham, Mass.; and a sister, Lisa Williams of Poughquag, N.Y.