Tributes are pouring in for Cameron Boyce after the Disney Channel and film star died in his sleep, after a seizure, on July 6 at age 20. Boyce's Grown Ups' father Adam Sandler was one of the first to pay tribute, but several members of Boyce's Disney family also posted photos and memories.
Descendants 3 is actually premiering on the Disney Channel in less than a month on August 2. It's going to be bittersweet for fans to see Cameron Boyce on screen as Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil. It's even more heartbreaking for the people who worked with him. Kenny Ortega directed all three films and shared a beautiful tribute to his young star:
Kenny Ortega followed that with a smiling photo of the young Descendants star:
ABC revealed that Cameron Boyce was a passionate advocate for the Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that provides awareness for the global water crisis. Boyce launched a campaign to raise $27,000 to build two wells in Swaziland, and was awarded with the Pioneering Spirit Award at Thirst Project’s ninth annual gala. Descendants director and choreographer Kenny Ortega was one of the people to present him with the award.
Dan Payne plays the Beast in the Descendants films and he reached out with condolences on the death of his co-star:
Cameron Boyce was also known to many fans as the character of Luke Ross on the Disney Channel series Jessie. His on-screen sister, Skai Jackson (Zuri Ross), was heartbroken by the news about her TV brother, and posted several photos in his memory:
Love seeing those sweet photos. Skai Jackson also shared a video of her former co-star singing, which was appreciated and reshared by grieving fans:
Charles Esten played the Ross family's father Morgan Ross on Jessie. Esten, also familiar to fans from Nashville, reached out with a long thread of tweets honoring his on-screen son:
Click on Charles Esten's whole tweet thread for more. In a statement Cameron Boyce's real-life family said he "passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated."
More cast members and fans will continue to pay tribute to Cameron Boyce, and there's a good chance the Disney Channel will do some kind of special memorial, or quickly edit Descendants 3 to include some kind of tribute to the departed star in time for the August 2 premiere. Cameron Boyce will also be seen posthumously in the HBO series Mrs. Fletcher, which is set to premiere sometime this fall.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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