Actor Josh Gad has shared the heartbreaking news that his 20-year-old nephew has tragically died.
The Frozen voice actor took to social media to share the devastating news, and to thank fans for their support during this difficult time.
“Thank you all for your love. Our beloved nephew Marco passed away in his sleep at 20, his life cut far too short and our pain far too deep,” he wrote on Twitter. Adding: “Our family is trying to make sense of it all but your support has been incredible.”
He started off his heartbreaking series of tweets on Friday addressing Roe v Wade, “You don’t need 280 characters today. Just one word: Rage” he tweeted about the decision to overturn the landmark decision.
But amidst the pain, Gad and his family were also suffering a great loss. “Don’t ask for a lot of love, but our family could use it today,” he wrote in a follow-up tweet before announcing the news.
On Friday 24, shortly after voicing his outrage at the Supreme Court’s decision to ban abortion, Gad added: “As my family and I deal with an unimaginable loss today, I am also trying to balance it with the heartbreak of the events of today.
“Sometimes you need a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold or a partner to fight alongside. To every woman in fear today, I will be all of the above,” he added.
Gad later took to Instagram, sharing a series of pictures of his nephew, along with the caption: “Today I write this with a broken heart. Our beloved nephew Marco has left us far too early.
“At 20 years old, he was full of possibility and promise. To say he is gone far too soon does not do justice to the life force that he was,” he wrote.
He continued: “As his parents try to work this impossible pain, I am asking for all of you to send positive energy and love their way. He fought to make the world a better place, stood on the side of justice and light, and stood up for those who needed it most.
“His life may be gone, but I hope and pray his memory will endure. He was truly a brilliant, creative, and loving soul. Help me honor him now and celebrate a life that was only just beginning.”
Our thoughts go out to Josh Gad and his family during this difficult time.