Family, friends, and fans alike mourned the loss of Disney Channel actor Cameron Boyce who passed away last July 6. A spokesperson for the actor’s family confirmed that he had succumbed to a seizure in his sleep, which occurred as a result of an ongoing medical condition that Boyce was being treated for. The family has since asked for privacy as they grieve for the loss of their son and brother, saying: “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.”
At 20 years old, Boyce was already a veteran in the acting industry. He made his debut in the 2008 films Mirrors and Eagle Eye, alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Shia LaBeouf respectively. In 2010, he landed the role of Keith Feder in Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups. Boyce would also reprise his role for the 2013 sequel, Grown Ups 2. Ultimately, Boyce is remembered most for his roles in Disney Channel productions. While he had previously guested on shows like Shake It Up and Good Luck Charlie, his work as the character Luke Ross in Jessie made him a Disney mainstay.
After Jessie wrapped in 2015, Boyce joined the cast of the Disney Channel original movie trilogy Descendants. He played Carlos de Vil, son of 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil. The trilogy’s last installment is set to premiere on August 2 and will mark one of Boyce’s last on-screen appearances. Before his untimely demise, the actor was set to be a series regular for HBO’s new show Mrs. Fletcher and Paradise City, a spin-off of the film American Satan.
Apart from acting, Boyce was involved in philanthropy. In 2017, he successfully raised $27,000 for the Thirst Project to help build wells for drinking water in Swaziland. The organization honored Boyce with the Pioneering Spirit Award that same year. He also joins scores of multi-racial actors advocating for diversity in Hollywood productions. Boyce, whose mother is Jewish and grandmother is one of the first black teens to attend integrated public high school in the US, believed that the entertainment industry still had much work to do in making productions inclusive for non-white actors, but he was happy to see that progress was being made.
Boyce’s life may have come to an early close but the testaments of the people whose lives he has touched will ensure that his memory lives on:
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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
The Walt Disney Company mourns the loss of #CameronBoyce, who was a friend to so many of us, and filled with so much talent, heart and life, and far too young to die. Our prayers go out to his family and his friends.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) July 7, 2019
Our “Jessie” family has been devastated by the sad and untimely passing of our beloved Cameron Boyce. He always lit up a room when he entered-he was an extraordinarily talented actor, a selfless advocate with his charity work, and a loyal friend.Our hearts are heavy with sadness.
— Kevin Chamberlin (@kevinchamberlin) July 7, 2019
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) July 7, 2019