Last year we received the heartbreaking news that Disney star, Cameron Boyce, had sadly, and unexpectedly, passed away. Cameron, who was only twenty-years-old when he died suddenly, made a huge impact on both his fans and those who personally knew and loved him.
And on his 21st birthday, his mom, Libby Boyce has spoken out in a very emotional video. Keep scrolling to see what she had to say months after the tragedy...
Cameron Boyce hit our screens at a young age.
via: GettyAt the ripe age of just 9-years-old, Boyce made his debut appearances in the horror films, Mirrors and Eagle Eye. Throughout his career, he went on to star in many other movies, such as Grown Ups 2 with Adam Sandler, and the animated version of Marvel’s Spiderman.
Though he is best recognized for his work with Disney.
via: GettyYou will probably remember Cameron best from his role as Carlos De Vil in the Disney movie franchise, Descendants. He also starred in other Disney titles such as Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up, and Jessie.
But acting wasn’t all that Boyce was known for.
His grandmother was part of the Clinton 12.
He spoke proudly about his grandmother in his last ever interview.Haute Living, Cameron discussed his pride concerning his grandmother’s story: "Her story doesn't just inspire me ... It hits home with everyone who stops to listen to it. "She and the other eleven students set the stage for our generation to come together. We have to ensure - especially with some of the controversy plaguing us now - that we continue to push towards dreams that have yet to be realized. Equality in its truest sense."
He even made a short film for Black History Month.
Boyce also worked for other great causes throughout his short life.
💔 https://t.co/SK2QI2PCBB— Thirst Project (@Thirst Project)1562521692.0
Overall, Cameron Boyce was a truly unique and special human being.
There had initially been little detail on his passing.statement upon news of Cameron's death, a family spokesperson expressed the family’s heartbreak: "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."
Tributes flooded in for the actor.
Tell those you cherish, that you love them while you have the opportunity because sometimes stuff happens and you d… https://t.co/7v4JCjHI6v— jada❤️ (@jada❤️)1562559560.0
People were shell-shocked when the news broke.
Cameron Boyce’s death hits different because we grew up watching him , we grew up looking forward to him being on e… https://t.co/ZV8tV74MAW— 𝓕𝓲𝓻𝓮𝓺.𝓾𝓸𝓽𝓮𝔃✨ (@𝓕𝓲𝓻𝓮𝓺.𝓾𝓸𝓽𝓮𝔃✨)1562555420.0
Celebrities have also been posting their tributes.
Other Disney stars were also quick to share their stories about Boyce.
Fellow Jessie star, Debbie Ryan, also posted a tribute.
Jessie’s @DebbyRyan shares tribute to co-star Cameron Boyce. https://t.co/mQZSckCCjx— Pop Crave (@Pop Crave)1562555755.0
Adam Sandler posted an emotional tribute, too.
via: IMDBBoyce had famously starred alongside Sandler in Grown Ups 2, wherein he played Keithie Feder, son of Adam Sandler's character, Leonard Feder, and the pair had made an iconic duo.
His post was heartbreaking.
His family have remained relatively quiet over the death of their son and brother.
He was undeniably very close to his family.
His parents were clearly proud of their son.
Their bond was undeniable.
His dad initially remained tightlipped after his son’s death.
But he eventually opened up about the tragedy.
I’m overwhelmed with the love and support our family has received. It really does help to ease the pain of this nig… https://t.co/yZsMYbl5r7— Victor Boyce (@Victor Boyce)1562529250.0
Cameron's official cause of death was officially confirmed.
via: GettyThough we knew that he had died from a mysterious seizure in his sleep, the actual cause remained somewhat hazy.
An autopsy was carried out.
via: GettyThere were no suspicions of foul play and law enforcement characterized his passing as a "natural death."
He died from an epileptic seizure.
via: GettyCameron had suffered an epileptic seizure while he was sleeping, which sadly proved to be fatal. A spokesperson for the Boyce family confirmed that Cameron had been suffering from Epilepsy as an on-going medical condition throughout his life.
The official toxicology report shows that Cameron did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system except an epilepsy medication called Keppra.
via: ShutterstockAnd the coroner confirmed what the family had already told us, that the Disney star's tragic death was due to epilepsy.
And now on Cameron's 21st birthday, his mother shared an emotional video.
via: Getty ImagesIn a heartbreaking Instagram video via The Cameron Boyce Foundation, Libby Boyce paid tribute to her late son as well as thanked fans for being a great source of support throughout this difficult time.
With tears streaming down her face, she says:
via: Instagram"Everybody, I’m just reading all the notes on The Cameron Boyce Foundation page of all of the comments with the donations and I am just really blown away — really blown away by all the amazing comments and how many people loved Cameron..."