Last month, 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.
Tributes have been flooding in for the Disney star, from both celebrities and family members. And now Cameron's parents have spoken out about his heartbreaking final moments.
Cameron 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 have been flooding 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 by the news.
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 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
Other Twitter users were quick to send further messages of support.
@TheVictorBoyce you raised an amazing, talented, hard working, and stunning role model for so many kids like me. he… https://t.co/i0frAbb7no— renee (@renee)1562533303.0
The positive effect that Cameron had on people’s childhoods was resounding.
@TheVictorBoyce Your son gave so much joy, made our childhood, he didn’t deserve to go, I refuse to believe this is… https://t.co/XXlNzWrSBu— ⟭⟬Aɴɢɪᴇ⁷💖정국_Admirer💖 (@⟭⟬Aɴɢɪᴇ⁷💖정국_Admirer💖)1562533681.0
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.
His family released another statement."Cameron's tragic passing was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy. We are still trying to navigate our way through this extremely heart-wrenching time, and continue to ask for privacy so that the family, and all who knew and loved him can grieve his loss and make arrangements for his funeral – which in and of itself, is agonizing."
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.
We have lost a truly wonderful young man.
And now Cameron's parents have bravely spoken out about his death.
via: Getty ImagesIn a heartbreaking interview with ABC News, Libby and Victor Boyce have opened up about Cameron's final moments - alongside what they hope his legacy will be.
The tragic night started like any other.
via: Shutterstock"The night he passed away, we were out to dinner with him just hours before. It was a completely normal, beautiful family night out to dinner," Victor revealed.
The normalcy of the evening was part of the reason that Cameron's death came as such a shock.
via: Shutterstock"It was just staggeringly crazy and horrible. And we were texting that night," Victor continued.
The tragedy came totally out of the blue.
via: Shutterstock"There was no indication that anything was wrong," Victor went on. "I mean there was no way to know in hours my son would be dead."
Epilepsy had long been a part of Cameron's life.
via: ShutterstockBut he was determined not to feel like it was holding him back in any way. "It didn't define him. He wasn't scared. He never complained about anything," said Victor.
And though time has passed, the family are still in shock."He loved life. He was kind of in a place -- this is, for me, the hardest thing -- he was in a place where he was truly happy. I mean, Cameron was always happy. Never a negative thing came out of his mouth. Never! But he was just really finding his groove," mom, Libby, claimed.
Though he loved acting, Cameron was keen to expand his horizons.
via: Getty Images"He was really getting into the charity stuff, really getting into what he wanted to do with his voice, which is what we always told him to do. Use your voice. Use it to make positive in the world, and that's what he was starting to do," she went on.
The family are keen to ensure that this continues even after Cameron's death.
The family are determined to make sure that Cameron isn't forgotten.
via: Getty Images"His legacy is important to us because we don't want him to be remembered as just an actor or some Disney kid. Because he was so much more than that. He wanted to be known as his own person, you know, individually and not cookie-cutter," said Victor.