On July 6, the world suddenly lost a rising star. 20-year-old Cameron Boyce, of Disney’s Descendants and Grown Ups, passed away following a seizure on Saturday. Though paramedics hurried to his home, they were unable to revive the young actor.
According to his family, Boyce’s seizure was caused by an “ongoing medical condition,” and he died in his sleep.
And just like that, we’re again reminded that neither one’s age nor celebrity status confers immunity to death. Even those who take vitamins daily, eat probiotic foods, and drive the safest SUVs aren’t invulnerable to this harsh reality.
Boyce had been acting for most of his life, first appearing on the Disney Channel at the age of 11. His credits include a plethora of TV shows including Austin & Ally, Shake It Up, Good Luck Charlie and more. He also portrayed the character Luke on the show Jessie and Carlos in the Descendants TV movies.
In the Grown Ups films, as Keithie Feder, he acted alongside Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek, who played his parents.
Most recently, he’d been filming a show for HBO called Mrs. Fletcher.
Boyce’s family is understandably “heartbroken” and has asked for privacy in their time of grief and mourning.
“The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights,” the family said in a statement. Though they added “his spirit will live on kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.”
His parents weren’t the only ones who remembered Boyce as a shining light. His Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 co-star Salma Hayek called him “spirited, talented, kind, generous, funny, and a shining light.”
Adam Sandler also penned a tribute on Instagram to the late child star.
“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny,” Sandler wrote in the hours following Boyce’s death. “Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid.”
Sandler, who also co-wrote the Grown Ups movies, added that Boyce “cared so much about his family” and “the world.”
“All our hearts are broken,” he said.
Several other actors from Grown Ups responded to Sandler’s post, including fellow comedians David Spade and Rob Schneider. Many have been shocked by the suddenness of Boyce’s death.
Disney’s Robert Iger tweeted that the company also mourned the loss of their star. And countless celebrities have taken to social media to remember Boyce and share their condolences.
Charles Esten, who played Boyce’s father on Jessie also posted a series of tweets honoring his memory. Additionally, Selma Blair, Gregg Sulkin, Karan Brar, and many others also shared emotional tributes.
The actor will surely be missed by many.