Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce dies at 20
Cameron Boyce, a 20-year-old actor who is best known for his roles on Disney Channel’s “Descendants” and “Jessie,” has died, ABC News reported.
A family spokesperson told ABC that Boyce died in his sleep after suffering a seizure, which was the result of “an ongoing medical condition.”
Boyce made his acting debut at 9 years old, appearing in the movie “Mirrors.” He also appeared in Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups” two years later, when he played one of Sandler’s kids.
Boyce his mainstream stardom with his role as Luke on “Jessie,” which ran for four season and 98 episodes.
From there, Boyce became Carlos de Vil in “Descendants,” a TV movie series that follows the lives of Disney’s “bad guys” (in his case, Cruella de Vil).
He also was set to appear as a regular on “Mrs. Fletcher,” a new HBO series starring Kathryn Hahn.
“From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world,” Disney said in a statement. “He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend.”
Disney also lauded Boyce’s humanitarian work.
Last year, he earned the Pioneering Spirit Award from the Thirst Project. Boyce raised $30,000 to build wells in Swaziland for clean drinking water.
“As a young man, he was fuelled by a strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives through his humanitarian work,” Disney said. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family, cast mates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”
Celebrities to social media to offer condolences and share memories of Boyce.
Love you Cam. Your laughter, compassion and heart for humanity will be forever missed. We are all better for knowing you and your love. pic.twitter.com/Xqy5gt2En3
— Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) July 7, 2019
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I don’t even know where to start… I am at a loss for words. I never thought in a million years I would be writing this. Cam, you were one of a kind. My heart will be forever broken. I am so happy that I got to spend almost everyday with you on set, you gave the best hugs. I wish I would have hugged you tighter when I saw you a couple of months ago. Thank you so much for being the big brother I never had… I am so distraught and I cannot stop crying! I love you so much… fly high 👼🏼 💔😢 Gods best Angel . #CameronBoyce
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Cameron Boyce. When we met I was taken aback by his energy and drive, his dedication to his craft and the sheer kindness he exuded. It was a joy to witness the man's skill. Sending love to his family and loved ones.
— Hozier (@Hozier) July 7, 2019
My family and I are devastated today, by the loss of our young and amazing friend, Cameron Boyce. Years before I was blessed to play his father on JESSIE, we were blessed to know him and his wonderful family at the elementary school our kids all attended together./1
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) July 7, 2019
Heartbroken. Lost for words. I had known Cameron Boyce for many years. He was always polite. Always respectful and always a class act. In fact I was going to message him a couple weeks ago to tell him that I wanted to be in each other’s lives more.
— Gregg Sulkin (@greggsulkin) July 7, 2019
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