'Mickey Mouse Club's' Marque 'Tate' Lynche dead at 34

Marque Lynche, second from left, was part of the "Mickey Mouse Club" in the mid-'90s, along with (clockwise from top) Nikki DeLoach, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and T.J. Fantini.

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  • Marque "Tate" Lynche was part of "The Mickey Mouse Club" '90s version
  • He took part in "American Idol" season 3

(CNN)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 the New York Police Department.

Lynche's roommate found his body Sunday, NYPD Detective Martin Speechley said. The death is being investigated.
Lynche was 34.
    Speechley did not offer any details or elaboration on the cause of death.
    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. A group of veteran Mouseketeers, including Keri Russell and JC Chasez, was also part of the cast in those years.
    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."
    After his time as a Mouseketeer, Lynche continued his entertainment career. According to an unconfirmed biography on a page for the Catalyst Entertainment Group, Lynche appeared in "The Lion King" as Simba, a fact also listed on his Internet Broadway Database page.
    He was also part of "American Idol's" third season, though he was eliminated before the selection of 12 finalists. Fantasia Barrino won the competition that year.
    According to Billboard, Lynche was born in St. Petersburg, Florida.