*Marque “Tate” Lynche Jr., a member of the ’90s “Mickey Mouse Club” with Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, has died, according to New York Police. He was 34.
Lynche’s roommate found his body Sunday, NYPD Detective Martin Speechley said, without offering any further details or elaboration on the cause of death. Police are currently investigating.
Lynche appeared on “MMC” from 1993 to 1995, when the show featured Gosling, Spears, Aguilera and Timberlake, as well as Nikki DeLoach and T.J. Fantini.
In a statement on the Facebook community page Always in the Club, dedicated to former Mouseketeers, Lynche’s picture was prominently displayed in a banner.
“Today has been hard day for our Always In The Club family. The news of your passing spread through your AITC siblings rapidly, overwhelming each one with a sense of shock. Now as the evening has fallen, sadness is overtaking the shock,” the post read. “We are all heartbroken.”
According to Billboard, Lynche was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. After his time as a Mouseketeer, he continued on in the entertainment business and once appeared in “The Lion King” as Simba.
He also auditioned for “American Idol” in season 3, but was eliminated before the selection of 12 finalists. Fantasia Barrino won the competition that year.