RIP Cameron Boyce: Passes away in his sleep

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Cameron Boyce, dead at 20. (photo: Yahoo)

IO – Hollywood loses one of its young actors. Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, whose projects included 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.

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

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 fuelled 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.”

“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around,” Sandler tweeted. “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.” (rp)