Actor, singer, dancer, and humanitarian Cameron Boyce sadly passed away July 6th, 2019 at just 20 years old. It is reported Boyce died from a seizure whilst sleeping, due to an ongoing medical problem he was currently receiving treatment for, as stated by his family.
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 himA spokesperson for the Boyce family
With fascinating history, Boyce described himself as ‘bl-ewish’ – black and Jewish, in an interview with RAW. Additionally, his grandmother, Jo Ann Boyce, was also part of the ‘Clinton 12‘, one of the first 12 black teenagers integrated into public school in 1956 – as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.
Boyce was well known for his roles on Disney Channel – Luke in Jessie, and Carlos in Descendants. He also starred in many feature films, including his screen debut Mirrors, Eagle Eye, and Grown Ups & Grown Ups 2 alongside Adam Sandler.
Cameron Boyce also made significant waves as a philanthropist. In 2017, he helped to raise over $30,000 for the Thirst Project, an organisation aiming to bring safe drinking water to communities around the world where it is not immediately available. In 2018, Boyce was presented the Pioneering Spirit Award at the Thirst Projects 9th annual Thirst Gala. You can watch his speech below, in an instagram post by the Thirst Project in dedication to his contributions.
Boyce was also an avid supporter of United Way, an initiative working towards advancing the common good by creating opportunities for all. Focusing on education, income and health, they aim to make measurable changes in communities through multiple partnerships such as schools, government agencies, businesses, financial institutions, community development corporations, and others.
In May 2019, he participated in United Way‘s opening ceremony of the 12th annual HomeWalk in downtown Los Angeles – one of the nation’s largest public events to end homelessness, which raised a total of $1.1m.
Many of Boyce‘s family, friends and co-stars have spoken out with fond memories since his passing:
Victor Boyce, Cameron’s Dad
Dove Cameron, Descendants Co-Star
British Actor, Greg Sulkin
Peyton List, Jessie Co-Star
Karan Brar, Jessie Co-Star, and Cameron’s Roommate
China Ann-McClain, Descendants Co-Star
Kenny Ortega, Descendants Director
We can’t wait to see Cameron on our screens again his upcoming post-production projects – Runt, Mrs. Fletcher, Paradise City and Disney’s Descendants 3.
Click here to read about ways Cameron’s impact on others.
Look to Cameron’s Instagram page for fond memories.
Words: Natasha Fountain | Header Photo: Cameron Boyce’s Instagram