Cameron Boyce's father thanks fans after son's death for easing 'the pain of this nightmare I can’t wake up from'
The 20-year-old Disney star died in his sleep on Saturday morning of a seizure. His death was mourned by many in the industry
Victor Boyce, the father of late Disney star Cameron Boyce, has finally broken his silence on his son's tragic death.
“I’m overwhelmed with the love and support our family has received," Victor tweeted to fans of Cameron on Monday. The devastated father explained that the love and support his family received have helped “ease the pain of this nightmare I can’t wake up from.”
“I can’t thank you guys enough,” Victor added.
According to a family spokesperson, Cameron died in his sleep on Saturday morning of a seizure. He was only 20 at the time.
“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. 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,” the spokesperson said in a statement obtained by People.
Disney Channel President and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh paid tribute to the young star in an email to his colleagues.
“His generosity of spirit, his joyful embrace of all life has to offer, and his unwavering commitment to social justice were only a few of the traits that made us all fall in love with him," Marsh wrote. "From Jessie, to Jake and the Neverland Pirates, to Gamer’s Guide, to his most recent work on Descendants, Cameron has been a humble and hilarious presence in our lives — and the lives of tens of millions of kids — for nearly half of his 20 years.”
Hoards of fans and fellow celebrities inundated social media with tributes to the late actor.
“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid,” Adam Sandler wrote on Instagram, after having shared the screen with Cameron in 'Grown Ups' and 'Grown Ups 2' playing his father.
“Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences,” Sandler, 52, said.
Peyton List, Cameron's co-star on 'Jessie', too mourned his death on Instagram.
“He was younger than me but taught me how to spread love and kindness more than anyone that has ever been in my life,” she wrote. “There is a hole in my heart that will never heal left for you. I will never stop talking about you."
Skai Jackson, who also played alongside Cameron on 'Jessie', paid tribute saying, “I don’t even know where to start… I am at a loss for words. I never thought in a million years I would be writing this."
She continued, “Cam, you were one of a kind. My heart will be forever broken. I am so happy that I got to spend almost every day with you on set, you gave the best hugs… Thank you so much for being the big brother I never had… I am so distraught and I cannot stop crying!”
Cameron expressed his wish to give back to society in his final interview before his death.
“There’s a long line of difference makers in my family. I’m following in the footsteps of some really strong men and women who have shown me what it means to give back; it’s the greatest way to fulfill yourself,” he said.
“Every time I talk to someone who shares that similar passion, we talk about how there aren’t many feelings more euphoric. Changing someone else’s life positively changes yours for the better as well,” he added.