Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dead at 20

Actor was known for roles on Descendants and Jessie

By McKenna Aiello Jul 07, 2019 8:14 AMTags
Cameron Boyce Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Hollywood has lost a rapidly rising star in Cameron Boyce

The actor, known for his roles on Disney Channel projects including Descendants and Jessie, has died at the age of 20.

His family confirmed his passing in a statement to E! News, which read, "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," the statement concluded. 

As news of his death sent shockwaves through Hollywood, Boyce's famous peers and fans shared their condolences on his Instagram page, where he had amassed more than 8 million followers. 

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Boyce made his feature film debut opposite Adam Sandler in 2008's Grown Ups. Future movie and TV credits included Grown Ups 2Good Luck CharlieShake It Up and Ultimate Spider-Man

Around this time last year, Boyce completed production on the anticipated Disney Channel movie Descendants 3, which also stars Dove CameronSofia Carson and Booboo Stewart, and is currently set for an Aug. 3 release date. Even more recently, Boyce was set to appear in the HBO series Mrs. Fletcher as well as the upcoming TV series Paradise City

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Disney Channel mourned the loss in their own statement, sharing, "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, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed." 

In addition to his onscreen talents, the star was applauded for his dedication to philanthropy, specifically for bring awareness to the Global Water Crisis through raising more than $30,000 for the Thirst Project. 

Our thoughts are with Cameron's family and friends at this time.