Hollywood has lost his rising Disney channel star Cameron Boyce.
The actor, known for his characters on Disney Channel projects such as Descendants and Jessie, has died at the age of 20.
His family confirmed his passing in a statement, which read, “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron. He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.”
The statement concluded, “the world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”
As news of his demise sent repercussions through Hollywood, Boyce’s famous peers and fans showed their condolences on his Instagram page, where he had connected more than 8 million followers.
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Boyce made his feature film debut opposite Adam Sandler in 2008’s Grown Ups. Future movie and TV credits included Grown Ups 2, Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up and Ultimate Spider-Man.
Around this time previous year, Boyce completed production on the predicted Disney Channel movie Descendants 3, which also stars Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart, and is currently set for an Aug. 3 release date. Even more recently, Boyce was set to perform in the HBO series Mrs. Fletcher as well as the forthcoming TV series Paradise City.
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Disney Channel lamented the loss in their own statement, sharing, “From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world. As a young man, he was fueled by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives through his humanitarian work. 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. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”
In addition to his on-air talents, the star was highly praised for his devotion to philanthropy, especially for bring awareness to the Global Water Crisis through raising more than $30,000 for the Thirst Project.
Our condolences are with Cameron’s family and friends at this time.