LOS ANGELES — Actor Cameron Boyce, who starred in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, has died at age 20.
A spokesperson for his family told CNN that Boyce died in his sleep after a seizure resulting from an ongoing medical condition.
“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a family spokesperson said. “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.”
Boyce starred in “Jessie,” a television show about a small town girl, played by Debby Ryan, working as a nanny for a wealthy family after moving to New York City. Boyce was one of the children she cared for.
“From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world,” the channel’s spokesperson said.
“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.”
A veteran actor at age 19
Boyce was born and raised in Los Angeles, and was dubbed an old soul by those who knew him, according to Disney Channels’ biography of him.
“His love of performing began in a dance studio, which then transitioned him into commercials, and not long after television and film,” the channel says.
Boyce also starred in “Mirrors,” “Eagle Eye” alongside Shia LaBeouf and “Grown Ups” with Adam Sandler. In “Descendants,” he played Cruella De Vil’s teenage son, Carlos.
By the time he was 19, Boyce was “already a veteran to show business,” Disney says.
Fans and celebrities alike have expressed disbelief following his death.
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I don’t even know where to start… I am at a loss for words. I never thought in a million years I would be writing this. Cam, you were one of a kind. My heart will be forever broken. I am so happy that I got to spend almost everyday with you on set, you gave the best hugs. I wish I would have hugged you tighter when I saw you a couple of months ago. Thank you so much for being the big brother I never had… I am so distraught and I cannot stop crying! I love you so much… fly high 👼🏼 💔😢 Gods best Angel . #CameronBoyce
i am absolutely heartbroken, i don’t want this to be true. RIP cameron boyce 💙 we love you legend
— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) July 7, 2019
rest in peace cameron boyce. truly a legend & such a positive light of our generation. 💔😔
— future stripper (@tanamongeau) July 7, 2019
This is truly heartbreaking to hear the death of Cameron Boyce, growing up he was a huge part of my childhood and even after he left Jessie he carried on being such an inspirational role model for many people, he will truly be missed my thoughts are with his family and friends 💗 pic.twitter.com/GHXvemLXH5
— 𝙄𝙯𝙯𝙮 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙨 𝙮𝙪𝙣𝙜𝙗𝙡𝙪𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙅𝙪𝙣𝙚 (@peakylicious) July 7, 2019