The death of 20-year-old Disney Channel actor Cameron Boyce was confirmed Sunday morning in a statement to E! News:
“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 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.”
Before his acting career took off, Boyce studied dance for seven years and was able to conquer anything from ballet to breakdancing.
If you don’t know the Cameron Boyce before Disney, you better know now pic.twitter.com/T0TVXS2CPD
— Kameron Lucas (@kameron_lucas) July 7, 2019
Boyce’s acting career began with an appearance in Panic! At the Disco’s “That Green Gentleman” music video in 2008 as a mini Ryan Ross. It is amazing to see someone as young as Boyce achieve such a lengthy acting portfolio, having starred alongside longstanding Hollywood stars such as Kiefer Sutherland in Mirrors (2008) when he was only nine and Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf that same year. In 2010 he starred in the Grown Ups sequel as Keithie Feder, a technology-absorbed eleven-year-old of the modern age.
In 2011, Boyce moved on to Disney Channel to play Luke Ross in Jessie. The show aired for four seasons on Disney Channel from 2011 to 2015. While it was relatively short-lived, the show had a major impact on many Gen-Z kids who grew up watching Boyce. Boyce was only twelve years old at the time he first filmed Jessie, yet he was able to capture the flamboyant swagger of Luke Ross.
Kevin Chamberlin played Bertram Winkle in Jessie, a humorously pessimistic butler who had a special disliking of Luke. After hearing of Boyce’s passing he took to Twitter in memoriam:
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
As referenced by Kevin Chamberlin, Boyce was an active humanitarian. According to his Walt Disney TV biography, “Boyce is actively involved in various philanthropic endeavors and has been particularly outspoken for Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that provides awareness for the global water crisis. Last year, Boyce launched a campaign on his birthday that raised more than $27,000 to build two wells in Swaziland and continues to actively advocate on their behalf.”
Alongside his humanitarian work, Boyce’s latest Disney Channel role was Carlos in the Descendants movies, which has been approved for a third movie.
Descendants and Jessie co-star Peyton List shares a similar message of a kind and loving Boyce. She spreads light on the side of him that fans wouldn’t have seen from his on-screen roles. “He lifted everyone around him, and inspired/pushed me to be a better person than I ever would’ve been without his guidance,” List says.
— Peyton List (@PeytonList) July 7, 2019
Along with Kevin Chamberlin and Peyton List, Skai Jackson, who starred as Luke’s younger sister, Zuri, in Jessie, paid tribute to the late actor on her Instagram this morning. Jackson and Boyce grew up together while filming the show.
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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
Along with celebrities, thousands of fans have blown up Twitter and Instagram to express their sadness. Many past Disney viewers and Boyce fans feel shocked by his death because he was around the same age as them.
Cameron Boyce’s death is hittin me hard…we grew up with him, but we also watched him grow up. He was part of all of our childhoods. Rest easy, Cameron. pic.twitter.com/J87CbwGziR
— Thoroughly confused (@lockandqueen) July 7, 2019
Co-stars, friends and fans alike have all shared a similar image of Cameron Boyce as a kind and talented young actor. His contributions to charity and television will never be forgotten. Rest easy, Cameron.
Featured Image via Cameron Boyce’s Instagram