Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce found dead at 20-years-old


Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce has died at the age of 20.

The actor, who also starred as Adam Sandler’s and Salma Hayek’s son in the Grown Ups movie series, died as a result of a seizure brought on by an ‘ongoing medical condition’ his family said.

‘It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,’ they said in a statement.

Tragic: Disney actor Cameron Boyce has passed away at the age of 20. Above the star is seen June 16 in Studio City, California

Tragic: Disney actor Cameron Boyce has passed away at the age of 20. Above the star is seen June 16 in Studio City, California

Boyce, who had his first break-out role aged just nine in the horror movie mirrors, found further fame starring as Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek's son in Grown Ups, and Grown Ups Two (pictured with Hayek in a still from the film)

Boyce, who had his first break-out role aged just nine in the horror movie mirrors, found further fame starring as Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek’s son in Grown Ups, and Grown Ups Two (pictured with Hayek in a still from the film)

Boyce played Keithie Feder (second from front) in the 2010 hit movie Grown Ups. It stared Adam Sandler (pictured), Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider as five lifelong friends who reunite for a July Fourth weekend with their families in a lakehouse

Boyce played Keithie Feder (second from front) in the 2010 hit movie Grown Ups. It stared Adam Sandler (pictured), Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider as five lifelong friends who reunite for a July Fourth weekend with their families in a lakehouse

Boyce starred as the son of Adam Sandler's character Lenny Feder. The film became Sandler's highest-grossing movie

Boyce starred as the son of Adam Sandler’s character Lenny Feder. The film became Sandler’s highest-grossing movie

‘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’. 

Tributes have poured in for the star, as his colleagues and friends described him as a ‘class act’ with ‘a heart of gold’. 

Cameron was invited the the White House in 2014 by President Obama. Here is pictured making a healthy drink during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll with former First Lady Michelle Obama and fellow Disney channel star Peyton List

Cameron was invited the the White House in 2014 by President Obama. Here is pictured making a healthy drink during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll with former First Lady Michelle Obama and fellow Disney channel star Peyton List

Boyce  met former Vice President Joe Biden to the stage during The 2019 Biden Courage Awards

Boyce  met former Vice President Joe Biden to the stage during The 2019 Biden Courage Awards

Boyce's final Instagram post, a striking black and white profile shot, has been met with floods of tributes

Boyce’s final Instagram post, a striking black and white profile shot, has been met with floods of tributes

Star break: Boyce (above 2017) rose to fame as the character Luke on Disney Channel hit Jessie

Star break: Boyce (above 2017) rose to fame as the character Luke on Disney Channel hit Jessie

Cameron was no stranger to the young carpet and often graced them from a young age. Pictured at the Descendants Premiere, from left: Cameron Boyce, Boo Boo Stewart, Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth and Kenny Ortega

Cameron was no stranger to the young carpet and often graced them from a young age. Pictured at the Descendants Premiere, from left: Cameron Boyce, Boo Boo Stewart, Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth and Kenny Ortega

Aged 11, Cameron Boyce was cast on the hit Disney Channel show Jessie, alongside Skai Jackson and Karan Barr (pictured)

Boyce with Jackon and Karan Barr on the set on Jessie

Aged 11, Cameron Boyce was cast on the hit Disney Channel show Jessie, alongside Skai Jackson and Karan Barr (pictured)

Boyce, who had his first break-out role aged just nine in the horror movie Mirrors, after starring in General Hospital, he found  further fame starring as Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek’s son in Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2.

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After his debut as a nine-year-old, he went on to star in Shia LaBeouf thriller Eagle Eye. 

He then had his star break as the character Luke on Disney Channel hit Jessie, opposite Debby Ryan.    

Los Angles native Boyce, also starred in animated versions of Marvel's Spider-Man and was loved for his role as Carlos De Vil, the son of Cruella, in the Disney movie franchise the Descendants (pictured)

Los Angles native Boyce, also starred in animated versions of Marvel’s Spider-Man and was loved for his role as Carlos De Vil, the son of Cruella, in the Disney movie franchise the Descendants (pictured)

After his debut as a nine-year-old, he went on to star in Shia LaBeouf thriller Eagle Eye. He then had his star break as the character Luke on Disney Channel hit Jessie, opposite Debby Ryan (pictured on set)

After his debut as a nine-year-old, he went on to star in Shia LaBeouf thriller Eagle Eye. He then had his star break as the character Luke on Disney Channel hit Jessie, opposite Debby Ryan (pictured on set)

Boyce and Rosario Dawson and Ethan Embry at the premiere of Eagle Eye in 2008

Boyce and Rosario Dawson and Ethan Embry at the premiere of Eagle Eye in 2008

He played Luke Ross in the children’s comedy, which ran for 98 episodes and is based around a nanny who looks after a family in New York. 

Los Angles native Cameron, also starred in animated versions of Marvel’s Spider-Man and was loved for his role as Carlos De Vil, the son of Cruella, in the Disney movie franchise the Descendants.   

Cameron was born in May 1999 and grew up in Los Angles with his parents Libby and Victor Boyce and his actor sister Maya.

The star often spoke about his mixed ancestry, and made a short film for Black History Month in 2016, revealing that his paternal grandmother, Jo Ann Boyce,  was one of the ‘Clinton 12’.  

Cameron was born in May 1999 and grew up in Los Angles with his parents Libby and Victor Boyce and his actor sister Maya. He shared this touching picture of a FaceTime call with his parents to his Instagram page in June

Cameron was born in May 1999 and grew up in Los Angles with his parents Libby and Victor Boyce and his actor sister Maya. He shared this touching picture of a FaceTime call with his parents to his Instagram page in June

The group were the first students to desegregate a state-supported high school in Tennessee after a US Supreme Court ruling banning segregation on racial grounds in 1954. 

Despite the violent protest that followed, it was seen as a pivotal moment in civil rights in the US.   

Cameron, who also has Jewish ancestry, told Teen Vogue in 2017, ‘There’s a lot of people in Hollywood who don’t look like me or don’t have similar features like me’ he told’.

‘When it’s a lead [role], it’s very hard to come by. We sort of are working to change that. That is something that is important to everyone of colour, a minority. It’s very important for people not only see in Hollywood and feel represented but also sort of even the playing field a bit.’  

Skai Jackson, 17, who starred as his sister Zuri Ross in Jessie, posted a broken heart emoji to her Instagram story. She later commented on his final Instagram post saying: ‘I love you. Forever in my heart’.

Skai Jackson, 17, who starred alongside him in Jessie, posted a broken heart emoji to her Instagram story. She later commented on his final Instagram post saying: 'I love you. Forever in my heart'

Skai Jackson, 17, who starred alongside him in Jessie, posted a broken heart emoji to her Instagram story. She later commented on his final Instagram post saying: ‘I love you. Forever in my heart’

Charles Esten, who played his on-screen father in Jessie, said he was ‘devastated’ in an emotional tribute.

Taking to Twitter he wrote: ‘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

‘It was there we were introduced to his endless talent, kindness, and joy for living. At his very 1st talent show, little Cameron’s dancing lit up the stage, and left everyone on their feet, cheering . It was clear to all that he was destined to be the star he would soon become.

‘And yet, Cameron never carried himself with anything but kindness, humility, effortless grace, and great humor. Even as his star ascended with JESSIE, and he began to receive the type of fame that can change people, I never saw that change. Not even a little.

The young actor was honoured with an award from the Thirst Project last year after helping to raise $30,000 (£24,000) to build wells for clean water in Swaziland

The young actor was honoured with an award from the Thirst Project last year after helping to raise $30,000 (£24,000) to build wells for clean water in Swaziland

Charles Esten, who played his on-screen father in Jessie, said he was 'devastated' in an emotional tribute

Charles Esten, who played his on-screen father in Jessie, said he was ‘devastated’ in an emotional tribute

A Disney spokesperson said: 'From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world' Pictured: on set of Jessie with Karan Brar

A Disney spokesperson said: ‘From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world’ Pictured: on set of Jessie with Karan Brar

Cameron on stage during an episode of hit Disney Channel show Jessie, his co-stars have poured in tributes

Cameron on stage during an episode of hit Disney Channel show Jessie, his co-stars have poured in tributes

‘It was a joy to work with him on JESSIE, as it was with all the wonderful young stars of that beloved show. They were as close as actual brothers and sisters to one another, and still are, and my heart breaks for them today.

‘Our love and heartfelt prayers go out to them, and most especially, to the Boyce family. Your Cameron was a blessing to us, as he was to so many others in this world. May you feel the breadth of love being poured out for him today, and may God comfort you as you mourn.

‘Rest In Peace, Cameron. You will be dearly remembered, my friend, and you will be greatly missed. 

In May, his best friend and Jessie co-star Karan Brar, said he will ‘forever feel lucky to have Cameron in his life’ in a touching birthday tribute.

In May, his best friend and Jessie co-star Karan Brar, said he will 'forever feel lucky to have Cameron in his life' in a touching birthday tribute

In May, his best friend and Jessie co-star Karan Brar, said he will ‘forever feel lucky to have Cameron in his life’ in a touching birthday tribute

Sharing a photo or Cameron holding a pancake with a birthday candle on, he wrote: ‘I love you. You’re the greatest brother I could’ve ever asked for, and I will forever feel lucky to have you in my life. Happy birthday. That’s all. (Think you can tell Cam’s better at sappy posts than I am).   

British born Gregg Sulkin, 27, who worked with Cameron on the Disney Chanel and is known for his role in the Wizards of Waverly Place posted: ‘Heartbroken. Lost for words. I had known Cameron Boyce for many years. 

‘He was always polite. Always respectful and always a class act. In fact I was going to message him a couple weeks ago to tell him that I wanted to be in each other’s lives more.

‘Now I wish I had sent that message. Just so he personally knew how highly I thought of him and how much admiration I had for him.

 

British born Gregg Sulkin, 27, who worked with Cameron on the Disney Chanel and his known for his role in the Wizards of Wazerly Place posted: 'Heartbroken. Lost for words. I had known Cameron Boyce for many years'

British born Gregg Sulkin, 27, who worked with Cameron on the Disney Chanel and his known for his role in the Wizards of Wazerly Place posted: ‘Heartbroken. Lost for words. I had known Cameron Boyce for many years’

‘My heart goes out to his family & his close friends. Cameron, you were and still are a star. May god bless you in heaven. You will be missed down here’ 

 Many tributes also commented on his generosity and charitable efforts outside of acting.

He was committed to philanthropy and activism. 

The young actor was honoured with an award from the Thirst Project last year after helping to raise $30,000 (£24,000) to build wells for clean water in Swaziland.  

‘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,’ said a Disney Channel spokesperson.

‘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.’

Many tributes also commented on his genrousity and charitable efforts outside of acting. He was committed to philanthropy and activism

Many tributes also commented on his genrousity and charitable efforts outside of acting. He was committed to philanthropy and activism

 



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