We have some terrible news to pass along today, as Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce has passed away. According to reports, the young actor died in his sleep after suffering a seizure which was the result of an ongoing medical condition. A family spokesperson confirmed Boyce’s death in a statement, saying they are “utterly heartbroken” and asking for privacy at this time. “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,” the statement reads. Boyce was just 20 years old.
Boyce knew at a young age he wanted to pursue a career in acting, getting his start at the age of 9. In 2008, he kicked off his movie career by appearing in the horror flick Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland. That same year, he also snagged a recurring role on the soap opera series General Hospital: Night Shift. He would later go on to appear in other movies like Eagle Eye and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, and can also be seen in the comedy movie Grown Ups and its sequel Grown Ups 2. As all of these roles had been performed while Boyce was still just a teenager, there’s no telling how many more movies the actor would have went on to star in.
For younger TV viewers, Boyce is perhaps best known for his work on the Disney Channel. In 2011, he began starring on the comedy series Jessie as Luke Ross. Originally, Boyce was meant to play a smaller part, but was so impressive with his audition, the role of Luke was written specifically for him. After the series ended, Boyce reprised later reprised the role in the spinoff Bunk’d. The young actor later went on to star in Disney’s TV movie Descendants, its sequel, and tie-in TV series in the leading role of Carlos. Boyce will reprise the part one more time posthumously in Descendants 3, which is set to premiere on the Disney Channel on Aug. 2.
Many of those who knew Boyce are taking to social media to share their thoughts on the actor’s sudden passing. This includes comedian Adam Sandler, who worked with Boyce on Grown Ups and its sequel. “Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world,” Sandler said in a touching tweet. He adds: “Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken.”
20 years old is way too young, and given his talent, news of Boyce’s passing is all the more heartbreaking. At this time, we wish to offer our condolences to his family and friends. Boyce’s time in this world may have been tragically cut short, but the young actor certainly left a mark. May he rest in peace. This news comes to us from Fox News.
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) July 7, 2019
Rest In Peace Cameron Boyce, it was an honor to have worked with you and spend our time together. Man my heart is broken, what an amazing kid with an amazing future. My deepest condolences to his family & friends. We will all miss you. #bokenheart@TheCameronBoycepic.twitter.com/TUdZYuUoaR
— Antonio Sabáto Jr 🇺🇸 (@AntonioSabatoJr) July 7, 2019
My family and I are devastated today, by the loss of our young and amazing friend, Cameron Boyce. Years before I was blessed to play his father on JESSIE, we were blessed to know him and his wonderful family at the elementary school our kids all attended together./1
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) July 7, 2019
Our hearts go out to Cameron Boyce’s family, friends, and fans worldwide. His charm and warmth are gone far too soon. 💔 pic.twitter.com/56eY9Gjww6
— Freeform (@FreeformTV) July 7, 2019
Our “Jessie” family has been devastated by the sad and untimely passing of our beloved Cameron Boyce. He always lit up a room when he entered-he was an extraordinarily talented actor, a selfless advocate with his charity work, and a loyal friend.Our hearts are heavy with sadness.
— Kevin Chamberlin (@kevinchamberlin) July 7, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Cameron Boyce. When we met I was taken aback by his energy and drive, his dedication to his craft and the sheer kindness he exuded. It was a joy to witness the man’s skill. Sending love to his family and loved ones.
— Hozier (@Hozier) July 7, 2019
Cameron Boyce 💔💔💔 i never personally knew cameron but all i’ve ever head about him is such positive nice things. how he worked so hard and was so kind to others. the world lost a good one. live everyday to the fullest because you never know what could happen. 😭
— JoJo Siwa!🌈💎🎀 (@itsjojosiwa) July 7, 2019
I did not know Cameron Boyce personally, but it looks like he was someone who exuded wonderful, positive feelings and was a role model to many. Let his legacy live on and inspire millions more to carry themselves in the same way. He will be missed, but will still always be here.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) July 7, 2019
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) July 7, 2019