Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dies at 20
Update: On July 30, the medical examiner confirmed Cameron Boyce died from an epilepsy-related seizure, according to E News. His autopsy also revealed Boyce was taking an anti-seizure medication to manage his symptoms and he experienced “several major seizures” in the past.
Update: On Tuesday, Cameron Boyce’s family confirmed he had epilepsy, according to E! News and other media outlets. In addition, while Boyce’s autopsy was completed on Monday, his official cause of death is pending “further investigation,” according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.
Actor Cameron Boyce died on Saturday at the age of 20, according to ABC. Boyce was known for playing Luke Ross in Disney channel’s “Jessie,” Carlos in the “Descendants” movies and Keithie Feder in “Grown Ups.”
Boyce died in his sleep due to a seizure, which was the result of an ongoing medical condition. According to The Epilepsy Foundation, a seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain caused by chemical changes happening in the nerve cells. A seizure can be a symptom of many different disorders that affect the brain.
“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a spokesperson told ABC News on behalf of the Boyce family. “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.”
A Disney channel spokesperson added:
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, cast mates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.
Fans, friends and other celebrities reacted to Boyce’s death on Twitter and shared condolences.
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) July 7, 2019
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
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
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
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Lead image via Cameron Boyce’s Instagram