What Euphoria Lost With Angus Cloud's Shocking Death

Angus Cloud's sensitive drug dealer Fez wasn't supposed to make it out of Euphoria's first season alive. Instead, fans loved him and his star was on the rise before his tragic death at 25.

By Natalie Finn Sep 21, 2023 6:00 PMTags
Watch: Euphoria Actor Angus Cloud Dead at 25

Whatever their respective fates, Lexi and Fez's story wasn't supposed to end this way.

"Definitely not sure what to expect for Fezco," Euphoria star Angus Cloud told E! News last October when asked might be on the horizon for season three of the Emmy-winning HBO drama, "but knowing Sam, it'll be good."

Instead, series creator Sam Levinson and the rest of the Euphoria cast and crew are facing a future without Cloud, who died July 31 of what the Alameda County Coroner has since officially ruled an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine and other substances.

The 25-year-old actor's family said in a statement that he "intensely struggled" following the recent death of his dad. "Angus was open about his battle with mental health," they said, "and we hope that his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not fight this on their own in silence. We hope the world remembers him for his humor, laughter and love for everyone."

But while many then jumped to conclusions, his mother, Lisa Cloud took to Facebook to Aug. 4 to explain why she didn't believe her son intended to "check out of this world."

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While Cloud "was in deep grief about his father's untimely death from mesothelioma, his last day was a joyful one," Lisa wrote. "He was reorganizing his room and placing items around the house with intent to stay a while in the home he loved. He spoke of his intent to help provide for his sisters at college, and also help his mom emotionally and financially. He did not intend to end his life. When we hugged goodnight we said how much we loved each other and he said he would see me in the morning.

"I don't know if or what he may have put in his body after that. I only know that he put his head on the desk where he was working on art project's, fell asleep and didn't wake up."


His work on Euphoria, Lisa added, "became a lightning rod for his generation and opened up a conversation about compassion, loyalty, acceptance and love," so she hoped that fans would honor Cloud by making "random acts of kindness part of your daily life."

As Fezco "Fez" O'Neil, drug dealer yet also protective friend to Zendaya's Rue, Cloud became a fan favorite thanks to his slow-motion profundity, endearing affection for Little House on the Prairie, and his Type A-meets-Type Zzzz bond with Lexi (Maude Apatow).

Suffice it to say, when the actor would post "Fexi" pics, the response online was swift and enthusiastic.

"Personally, I think it's cool," told Glamour.com of Fez and Lexi's chemistry ahead of Euphoria's Feb. 27, 2022, second season finale. "I mean, they gonna do what they will," he said. "Hopefully, Lexi knows what she's getting into."

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But the season ended harshly for Fez, the dealer planning to go to Lexi's play but instead taking the rap for little brother Ashtray (Javon Walton), who fatally stabbed Custer (Tyler Chase) after finding out he was a police informant and then got shot.

Naturally, though, it was nothing but love when Walton and Cloud reunited at Variety's Power of Young Hollywood event in August 2022, Cloud telling ET, "Anything we do, we support each other, bro is family."

As for Fexi, Apatow told Extra she hoped Lexi and Fez would be talking next season, even if through plexiglass. "But let's hope he's not in jail," she noted, quickly adding, "I don't know anything!" All she could say was, "I just hope they're happy."

Cloud never offered much insight as to why Fez was so appealing, nor why he himself had turned into a front-row-at-Fashion-Week kind of guy overnight. (Let his big blue eyes and soothing stoner monotone—he'd "marry weed, kill alcohol, and eat pizza," Cloud told Glamourexplain).

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But the Oakland, Calif., native seemed amused, if also a little disturbed, by his overnight-heartthrob status.

"It's been weird as f--k, I ain't gonna lie to you," Cloud, who was discovered by a casting agent while he was just walking down the street in Manhattan, told InStyle in February 2022.

The recently named face of Polo by Ralph Lauren also didn't have anything to offer as far as previously unknown tidbits about his life, deadpanning in the video interview, "They seem to be figuring out more and more by the day."

"I don't know what they don't know about me," he continued. "They're f--kin' researchin' my whole history and s--t. Just bothering me, pisses me off—leave me alone, man. S--t, don't worry about me." But then he giggled, adding with a shrug, "What you see is what you get."

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Cloud was clear about one thing, though (and it purposely may have been just the one thing): He was not playing himself.

"It's a whole different character," he told Glamour. "We just talk the same."

Cloud was just starting to expand his acting horizons, playing a clean-shaven fraternity brother in the college-set drama The Line, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June. Your Lucky Day, a thriller about a convenience store hostage situation on Christmas Eve, is listed as "completed" on IMDb.

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"I have a couple of projects coming up, too, I can't really talk about," Cloud told E! last year, "but I can't wait for everyone to see. They're a little different than what I usually do, so it will be cool."

Production on Euphoria's third season wasn't set to begin until the latter half of 2023, but that was before the WGA went on strike, let alone SAG, whose members followed suit July 14.

Season two kicked off last year with a pivotal, violent episode for Fez—"I was super juiced up" by the script, he told GQthat included the revelation that he got the scar on the left side of his head when his grandmother accidentally hit him with a crowbar while administering a beatdown to a conman. 

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The character's scar, however, was the real deal, from when Cloud fell into an open construction pit in downtown Oakland in 2013.

"It was hella hard to climb out, because my skull was broken, but my skin wasn't," the actor told Variety, "so all the bleeding was internal, pressing up against my brain. But they wasn't gonna find me down there. I found myself. Or God found me, whatever you want to call it."

Attempting to shrug it off, Cloud said, "It was damn near like nothing really happened. I'm so blessed to just have minor brain damage. You know, it's so minor it ain't even really worth speaking about." He did a little physical therapy and speech therapy, he shared, but "only for a couple weeks, 'cause I was like, 'Ehh.'" 

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Cloud acknowledged that his speech was "probably a little bit slower" due to the accident.

But it's not a coincidence that head trauma was written into Fez's backstory. Which wasn't going to be explored at all because, according to Cloud, the character was originally going to be killed off in season one.

He didn't know what the plan was—"I never saw that script," he told GQ. "No one ever told me"—or why, exactly, it didn't happen, but Cloud wasn't questioning his good fortune.

"I think that they liked what I did and so they decided to keep me alive and let me rock," he said before season two premiered. "I don't know how I was going out, but hopefully I would've gone out like a G."

Tragically, Euphoria now has no choice but to figure out an end for Fez, long before anyone was prepared to say goodbye.

Hunter Schafer

"Been trying to figure out what to say, but idk if any combination of words can articulate all of the big feelings. for now i just wanna say: Angus was a sunshine. to have known his warmth, his light, and his love was nothing short of a gift. i'm so grateful to have shared so many enormous fits of laughter, so many sweet moments, and the joy of getting to make something together that we loved so much.

i love you angus  thank you for everything. my heart goes out to his family and all of his loved ones right now."

Maude Apatow

"Angus was the funniest person ever. I would get so excited to see on the schedule that we would be working together because I knew we'd have the best day, laughing so hard. He was the sweetest and made everyone around him so happy. He was just the best. Words can't really capture how magical of a person he was. My heart is broken."

Apatow, added, "Angus, getting to know and work with you was one of the greatest joys and blessings of my life." she added. "I will love you forever."

Iris Apatow

"A genuinely kindhearted person. Im really glad to have gotten to know him. This is a devastating loss. Rest in peace, Angus."

Barbie Ferreira

"I love you so much. you will be missed tremendously."


"Words are not enough to describe the infinite beauty that is Angus (Conor). I'm so grateful I got the chance to know him in this life, to call him a brother, to see his warm kind eyes and bright smile, or hear his infectious cackle of a laugh (I'm smiling now just thinking of it) I know people use this expression often when talking about folks they love…"they could light up any room they entered" but boy let me tell you, he was the best at it. I'd like to remember him that way. For all of the boundless light, love and joy he always managed to give us. I'll cherish every moment. My heart is with his mother and family at this time and please be kind and patient as grief looks different for everyone."

Sydney Sweeney

"Angus you were an open soul, with the kindest heart, and you filled every room with laughter. This is the hardest thing ive ever had to post, and im struggling to find all the words. You will be missed more than you know, but I'm so blessed to have known you in this lifetime, and I'm sure everyone who has ever met you feels the same. This heartache is real and I wish we could've had one more hug and 711 run. All my love is with you."

Sam Levinson

"There was no one quite like Angus. He was too special, too talented and way too young to leave us so soon... He also struggled, like many of us, with addiction and depression. I hope he knew how many hearts he touched. I loved him. I always will. Rest in peace and God Bless his family."

Chloe Cherry

"Miss you bro."

Storm Reid

"The tears just won't stop."

Kathrine Narducci

"You were a gentle beautiful soul. You exited to soon."

Lukas Gage

"Rest easy angus."

Nika King

"We did our season 1 promo together and got a chance to really chop it up. One of the most genuine, laid back, beautiful spirit in this crazy industry…and that magnetic smile. I'm so thankful to have met you and hear your wild stories about Oakland. You are loved and missed my friend."

Eric Dane

"He was a one off. I'm truly sad."

Javon Walton

"Forever Family."

Becky G

"Angus, I'll never forget talking about what it meant to be some Cali kids doing it big. You really didn't care about the flashy lights or fancy events. Your rawness and authenticity were my favorite things about being around you. Truly at a loss for words…My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends close to you during this difficult time…"

Colman Domingo

"Couldn't be more real, original and sweet. Loved this kid. Always smiles. I hope this sensitive soul is at rest."

Paula Marshall

"He was kind and gracious and so unique. You couldn't take your eyes off him, on film or on set. How lucky we all were to have witnessed his work. It was beyond truthful, every damn take. My heart hurts."


Rachel Zegler

"please remember how loved you are. this world is so quick to make you feel otherwise. there are reasons to stick around. and this world needs you. oh, angus. we celebrate you."


"Good soul."

Jordyn Woods

"I have this art piece he made me on a water bottle and I'll keep it forever... Such a rare soul.. instantly friends from meeting when we did this event together. You will be missed."

Gigi Hadid

"Just saw the news about the loss of Angus. I only got to work with him a couple of times, but I was immediately drawn to his kind, gentle spirit. My deepest condolences to his closest and loved ones. May he rest in peace."

Kerry Washington

"You will be deeply missed. Rest in Power @anguscloud."

Denzel Curry

"Not the news I wanted to hear this morning g. Rest in Power Angus Cloud."

Chloe Bailey

"Wow angus cloud gone too soon.. rest in peace angel."

(Originally published Aug. 1, 2023, at 3 a.m. PT)