Seizure blamed for death of 'bright light'

People | ASSOCIATED PRESS 9 Jul 2019

Actor Cameron Boyce, best known for his role as the teenage son of Cruella de Vil in the Disney Channel franchise Descendants, has died. He was 20 years old.

Boyce, who played Carlos de Vil in the Descendants movies, died on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles.

An official cause of death has not been announced, but his family released a statement saying Boyce "passed away in his sleep due to a seizure that 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."

According to his bio on the Disney Channel, Boyce was born and raised in Los Angeles. He was a dancer who got his acting start in commercials, then television and film.

Boyce starred alongside Adam Sandler in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, and other film credits include Mirrors, Eagle Eye and the indie feature Runt.

He also starred in the upcoming HBO series Mrs Fletcher.

Descendants 3 is scheduled for release next month.

His spokesperson said Boyce was also a philanthropist who used his celebrity to advocate for those without a voice, including the homeless.

Last year, he was honored for his work with the Thirst Project, bringing awareness to the global water crisis and raising more than US$30,000 (HK$234,000) for the organization to build two wells in Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland.

In 2017, he received a Daytime Emmy Award with Disney XD for his part in the series Timeless Heroes - Be Inspired, in honor of Black History Month.

He appeared alongside his grandmother Jo Ann Boyce, one of 12 black teens known as the Clinton 12 who were the first to integrate into public school in Clinton, Tennessee, according to his Disney Channel biography.

A Disney Channel spokesperson said that from a young age, Boyce dreamed of sharing his artistic talents with the world and was fueled by a desire to make a difference in peoples' lives through his humanitarian work.

"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,'' said the statement.

Several of Boyce's co-stars reacted to his death on social media. Sandler tweeted: "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.''

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