Cameron Boyce’s Mom Fights Back Tears on His 21st Birthday | 22 Words

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.

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At 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.

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You 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.

Cameron was always very vocal about his diverse heritage, and how coming from a mixed Jewish and Afro Caribbean family was important to him.

His grandmother was part of the Clinton 12.

Cameron’s grandmother, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, was one of the first twelve black students to be integrated into a white high school in Clinton, 1956. The actor was visibly very proud of his heritage and posted about his family on his social media accounts quite regularly.

He spoke proudly about his grandmother in his last ever interview.

Speaking to 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.

In 2016, Cameron directed a short film for Black History Month, in which he addressed his grandmother’s role in the Clinton 12 movement, and ultimately kept the memory of these advocates alive.

Boyce also worked for other great causes throughout his short life.

Cameron was a vocal advocate for The Thirst Project, a charity dedicated to providing clean and drinkable water to disadvantaged communities. His humanitarian work raised $30,000 to build two wells for clean drinking water in Swaziland, and he also used his platform to raise awareness about the Global Water Crisis.

Overall, Cameron Boyce was a truly unique and special human being.

And news of his untimely death has hit the world hard. The actor passed away on July 6th, after suffering a seizure in his sleep - but, initially, we weren't sure what the cause of that seizure actually was.

There had initially been little detail on his passing.

In an official 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.

Fans and personal friends alike have been sharing heartwarming tributes and stories about Cameron over social media.

People were shell-shocked when the news broke.

Social media users have been expressing their shock and sadness over Cameron’s unexpected death, with many fans feeling a close attachment to the actor.

Celebrities have also been posting their tributes.

Fans aren’t the only ones who have been hit hard by the shocking news. An array of different celebrities who knew and worked with Cameron have been sharing their grief. Fellow Descendents star, Sarah Jeffery, shared a photo of the pair hugging, with a simple love heart as the caption.

Other Disney stars were also quick to share their stories about Boyce.

Cameron’s on-screen mom, Wendy Raquel, shared a picture of the pair on the set of Descendents together, and wrote: “...we had so much fun creating magic on the set and at @amazinggraceconservatory A Lifetime...precious memories that I will cherish forever!"

Fellow Jessie star, Debbie Ryan, also posted a tribute.

The actress shared a video of Cameron to her Instagram Story, where he can be heard discussing the need to use social media to make the world a better place.

Adam Sandler posted an emotional tribute, too.

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Boyce 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.

Sharing a black and white photo of Cameron, Sandler wrote: “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."

His family have remained relatively quiet over the death of their son and brother.

Cameron was a big family guy and was regularly spotted in cute family pictures in his dad’s Instagram posts.

He was undeniably very close to his family.

Only 2 months before his death, he shared a video of him surprising his mom on Mother’s Day, and her reaction was nothing short of overjoyed.

His parents were clearly proud of their son.

Victor Boyce regularly shared his and his son’s daily doings on his Instagram account, with his posts demonstrating their close father-son relationship.

Their bond was undeniable.

And it was adorable to see. On Cameron’s twentieth birthday, his dad fondly referred to him as a “goofball" and his “favorite son."

His dad initially remained tightlipped after his son’s death.

The family will most certainly be going through an unimaginable period of grief and pain, and will understandably not be thinking of social media right away.

But he eventually opened up about the tragedy.

He had kind words for everyone who has supported the family so far. In a tweet the day following his son’s death, Victor wrote: “I’m overwhelmed with the love and support our family has received. It really does help to ease the pain of this nightmare I can’t wake up from. I can’t thank you guys enough."

Cameron's official cause of death was officially confirmed.

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Though we knew that he had died from a mysterious seizure in his sleep, the actual cause remained somewhat hazy.

An autopsy was carried out.

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There were no suspicions of foul play and law enforcement characterized his passing as a "natural death."

He died from an epileptic seizure.

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Cameron 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.

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And 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.

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In 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:

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"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..."

She continued:

“You know, I just really wanted to say thank you and it’s so appreciated and we really will be doing amazing things so his death is not in vain. Thank you."

Watch the full video here:

We lost a truly amazing human being. RIP Cameron Boyce.