‘Too young’: Disney star’s shock death
Hollywood star Adam Sandler has taken to social media to pay tribute to his former co-star Cameron Boyce who died suddenly at the age of 20 over the weekend.
According to a statement from his family, Boyce died as a result of a seizure brought on by an "ongoing medical condition".
"Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around," Sandler wrote on Instagram. "Loved that kid."
Sandler and Boyce starred together on the hit comedies Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2.
"Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world,' Sandler continued. 'Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences."
A statement released by the actor's family said: "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," a family spokesman said.
"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."
A Disney Channel spokesman said: "From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamt of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world."
"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."
The actor starred in Jessie a show about a small town girl who worked as a nanny for a wealthy family. Boyce played one of the children the nanny cared for.
He also starred in Descendants as Cruella De Vill's son Carlos and in Grown Ups alongside Sandler.
At nine years old he starred in horror movie Mirrors alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Amy Smart.
Descendants director Kenny Ortega described Boyce's talent as "immeasurable".
"My Love, Light and Prayers go out to Cameron and his Family. Cameron brought Love, Laughter and Compassion with him everyday I was in his presence," he wrote.
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My Love, Light and Prayers go out to Cameron and his Family. Cameron brought Love, Laughter and Compassion with him everyday I was in his presence. His talent, immeasurable. His kindness and generosity, overflowing. It has been an indescribable honor and pleasure to know and work with him. I will see you again in all things loving and beautiful my friend. I will search the stars for your light. Rest In Peace Cam. You will always be My Forever Boy! 💔
The actor was born in Los Angeles.
His Disney Channel bio referred to him as a "veteran to show business" by age 19.
"Dubbed an old soul by many who have encountered him, it's no surprise that Cameron Boyce possesses an all-encompassing appreciation for the arts. His love of performing began in a dance studio, which then transitioned him into commercials, and not long after television and film," his bio read.
Tributes for Boyce have flowed from the acting community on social media.
Glee star Kevin McHale wrote "This is awful. I'm heartbroken for his family, friends and everyone who was impacted by him. He was so young. I hope everyone gets the space they need right now."
So saddened to hear about the passing of such a young talented individual. I didn’t know him personally but he seemed like a great person. RIP Cameron Boyce. Some things don’t seem fair.. this pains me 😔♥️— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) July 7, 2019
rest in peace to cameron boyce 😞 he was so young, incredibly talented, but also one of the kindest ppl I’ve ever met. sending love to his friends & family 💔— James Charles (@jamescharles) July 7, 2019
So sad to hear about the passing of Cameron Boyce. Such a young and talented individual who inspired me starting out.. rest in paradise brother💔— Brent Rivera (@BrentRivera) July 7, 2019