The news of Cameron Boyce's death was a shock for fans, but his Descendants co-star Dove Cameron needed "a word stronger than devastated" to describe her own pain hearing the news. She also shared how her fellow Descendants 3 stars helped each other through their grief.
Cameron Boyce died July 6 at age 20, and the coroner confirmed the cause was "sudden unexpected death in epilepsy." Tributes and condolences poured into social media after the news broke -- from Cameron Boyce's Grown Ups dad Adam Sandler to his Jessie and Descendants family.
Descendants 3 premieres tonight on the Disney Channel and it's going to be bittersweet for fans to see Cameron Boyce one more time as Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil.
Dove Cameron stars in the Descendants films as Mal, daughter of Maleficent, and she recently talked to Seventeen about how she met Cameron Boyce, and where she was when she found out he had died.
Dove met Cameron after they had both signed on for their roles in the Descendants. The Liv & Maddie star said she always wanted to meet him since watching him on Jessie.
Dove said she saw Cameron on the lot where they both filmed their shows and ran out of the car to hug him, saying...
So you can imagine how she felt when she got the news about his death. Here's how it happened, in her words:
On July 9, Dove Cameron posted an Instagram video in honor of Cameron, along with a few more photos. She admitted at first his death felt too private and emotional for something as public as a social media post. She needed a few days, including some time in therapy, to figure out what she wanted to say.
Dove Cameron added to Seventeen that her Descendants co-stars have been just as shaken, and they've helped each other through it:
I'm glad the Descendants family had each other to lean on. It took Dove Cameron a couple of days to post on social media, as she explained, and that was also the case for Jessie star Debby Ryan. Unfortunately, some fans badgered Ryan about her social media "silence," which just added to the grief.
As fans watch the Descendants 3 premiere tonight (Friday, August 2) at 8 p.m. on the Disney Channel, they will surely turn to social media to share their feelings once again at the loss of Cameron Boyce.
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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