Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dead At 20 After Suffering Seizure In His Sleep

Cameron Boyce got his start on the Disney Channel show Jessie.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce passed away over the weekend at the age of 20, his family has confirmed.

Boyce died after suffering a seizure related to an “ongoing medical condition,” ABC News reported Sunday, citing an announcement from the actor’s family.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” reads a statement from the family’s spokesperson. “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,” their statement continues.

Boyce rose to fame with a starring role on the Disney Channel sitcom “Jessie,” and also portrayed Cruella De Vil’s son in the network’s popular “Descendants” films. Before his work with the Disney Channel, however, the Los Angeles-born actor landed his first feature film role at the age of 9, starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland in the horror film “Mirrors.” He went on to land starring roles in “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2,” where he played Adam Sandler’s son.

Cameron Boyce

Sandler reacted to the news of Boyce’s death in a heartfelt statement shared on Twitter on Sunday.

“Too Young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around,” he wrote. “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. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences.”

Boyce was also known for his philanthropic work, having partnered with the Thirst Project, a non-profit organization, to help provide clean water to countries in need, Teen Vogue reported in 2017.

A spokesperson for the Disney Channel shared its condolences in a statement obtained by ABC News, applauding Boyce for his talent and the impact he made in the world.

“From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world,” the statement reads. “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.”

 

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