The family of actor Cameron Boyce has confirmed the Disney star has died at the age of 20. A spokesperson said he passed away in his sleep after suffering a seizure. He made his acting debut in the horror film Mirrors but is best known for roles in Disney's Descendants and the TV show Jessie.
His death was confirmed on the evening of Saturday 6 July and linked to 'an ongoing medical condition'. "It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron," a spokesperson said on behalf of his family. "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.
They added, "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."
Cameron was only nine years old when he appeared in Mirrors. He then went on to play one of Adam Sandler's children in the movie Grown Ups. However, it was on the Disney channel show Jessie that he became most well known as the character Luke Ross. That led to him playing the part of Carlos de Vil in Descendants, the popular TV movie series which follows the lives of the children of Disney baddies.
Tributes have been paid by his fellow actors and fans. Adam Sandler posted a message on social media saying Cameron was "the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around".
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. 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.
Cameron's Jessie co-star Skai Jackson wrote an emotional tribute to her friend, who she starred alongside for four seasons. "Cam, you were one of a kind. My heart will be forever broken," she wrote alongside a number of videos featuring him.
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
And Descendents stars Keegan Connor Tracy and Wendy Raquel spoke about Cameron's "infectious" smile and energy.
Darling, sweet Cameron. I find this news unfathomable, that a brilliant light such as yours could be gone. I think immediately of your beautiful smile, your infectious energy and your absolutely boundless talent. You, the baby of the crew, so young they were forever pumpkining you out for ‘fake Carlos’. To have watched you spin your way through these years with kindness and humility and just begin to come into your own...it is cruel and ugly to see that taken away. I send an ocean of love to your family with whom you were so close and who must be drowning in heartache. As a mother I simply cannot comprehend. It is small comfort that at least you shone more brightly in your few years than most do in a lifetime. Dance through the stars, keep shining. I just still cannot believe.
Cameron Boyce had shared a black and white photo of himself on Instagram the day before he died.