Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce dead at age 20
Actor Cameron Boyce, best known for his work with Disney and for starring alongside actor and comedian Adam Sandler in the Grown Ups franchise, has passed away at age 20.
Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, tweeted his condolences on behalf of the company on Sunday morning.
His family confirmed to NBC and a number of other outlets that the young star suffered a seizure due to an ongoing medical condition.
“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,” his family said in a statement to NBC.
Boyce was born on May 28, 1999 in Los Angeles. He made his acting debut at age 9 in the horror movie Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland.
After making his foray into television, Boyce was in a number of Disney Channel shows. He starred as Luke Ross alongside Debby Ryan in the show Jessie, which ran on the network for four seasons. He also appeared in Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up and Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything. He later played Carlos De Vil, the son of Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians, in the Descendants TV movie series.
In film, he portrayed the son of Sandler’s character in both Grown Ups movies. His other big-screen credits include Eagle Eye, Game On and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. The actor received a Daytime Emmy award in 2017.
In addition, Boyce was an avid supporter of Thirst Project, a non-profit that raises awareness about the global water crisis, among other charitable endeavours.
Fans, fellow Disney stars and other members of the entertainment industry took to Twitter to express their sadness at the news and send condolences to his family.
Sandler tweeted out a statement on Sunday morning expressing sadness and offering condolences to Boyce’s family.
“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented and decent kid around. Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken,” Sandler wrote.
Joshua Rush, who stars in the Disney Channel series Andi Mack, described Boyce as someone he looked up to.
YouTube and Vine star Thomas Sanders also expressed his shock and sadness at Boyce’s passing, calling the Grown Ups star a “young and talented individual who seemed to have a wonderful outlook on the world.”
Boyce’s family has asked for privacy at this time.
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