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It has been nearly a year since Descendants star Cameron Boyce died due to an epileptic seizure. He was only 20-years-old at the time. The actor was found unresponsive in his home and was being treated for epilepsy prior to his death. The news, however, was sudden and Boyce’s death devastated his family and friends. Recently, the late actor’s Descendants co-star Sofia Carson mournfully recalled where she was at the time when she learned about Boyce’s tragic death.
Sofia Carson, who played Princess Evie in all three Descendants movies, was heartbroken when she heard about Cameron Boyce’s death last year. Carson had been preparing for Netflix’s Feel the Beat, about a group of misfit dancers training to compete, when she received word that Boyce had died. Here’s what the actress told ET about her feelings from that day:
I was in Toronto the day that we lost Cam, prepping to shoot this movie. I'll never forget that day. All of us were just overwhelmed and thinking [how] he was just the happiest, most beautiful soul. And, that no matter what, his soul will live on forever in his legacy because he's loved by so many and had the most selfless heart.
Cameron Boyce was indeed “loved by so many,” as could be attested to by the outpouring of love and emotion from family, friends, and co-stars following news of his death. The Disney Channel also aired a lovely tribute to Boyce following the premiere of Descendants 3, one of the last projects he filmed before his death.
Sofia Carson went on to describe Cameron Boyce as someone who gave off a feeling of warmth whenever he was around and that he was essentially “sunshine wearing shoes.” As for whether Carson would do another Descendants movie if the opportunity arose, she seemed doubtful. In her words:
It's tough to imagine the world of Descendants without Cam for me. Anything is possible because it's such a beloved franchise, but it just wouldn't be the same.
That makes sense considering how pivotal Cameron Boyce was to the Descendants movies, which followed the children of Disney’s greatest villains. Sofia Carson was right; it “wouldn’t be the same” at all.
The actor’s legacy lives on in the Cameron Boyce Foundation, which was started by his family after he died. The foundation donates to charitable causes and raises awareness about epilepsy. What’s more, Boyce had finished a number of projects before his death, including HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher and the upcoming documentary Showbiz Kids, which profiled several child stars and their experiences growing up in the spotlight.